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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Life & Art

Found this on Taschen's YouTube page:


courtesy TaschenBooks

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nice if You Can Get It


the status board at Mount Sinai--keeping loved ones informed.

Last week I had minor surgery at the excellent Mount Sinai Medical Center and a friend of mine had more serious surgery at the Ear, Nose & Throat Infirmary. Both of us were surprised - and really grateful- how kind everyone at both hospitals were. I have written before about how I think manners are important. Being kind and compassionate to strangers and kin alike allows society to function. In a medical context good bedside manner is imperative, because of course treatment is more likely to be successful if the patient is at ease. One is also more inclined to seek treatment early on if one is comfortable (financially & mentally).
To get good care and stay well you have to also trust and be comfortable with your physician -- and I think it is helpful if at least one health care professional knows you and your medical history.
I am fortunate to afford insurance that allows me to get comprehensive top quality care.
I get to choose my doctors, maintain a relationship w/them, I am covered world wide and my plan includes dental. It costs me between $650 to $800 a month currently, depending on how the Dollar holds up against the Euro. That's a boat load for me, but I am happy to pay it. And I just hope I can keep affording it.
My phone is 4 years old, my computer is ancient & ugly and my couch is second hand & really crappy, but I have outstanding health insurance. Works for me.
As an expat I am covered through a private European carrier that specializes in insuring people in my situation.
I am lucky to be in a position that I can afford my coverage and that I have access to this insurance plan. What I spent monthly would not nearly buy me the same coverage with an American insurance company.
I have had my ups and downs financially. Once I had to hock some of my photo gear to pay my premium, but I didn't really mind. As a European the notion of not having access to proper medical care is just not imaginable.
In New York health care & insurance is particularly expensive.
Last week I mentioned Atul Gawande's New Yorker article "The Cost Conundrum" which speaks about the high cost of health care in this country.
Apparently President Obama also took notice of the article.
I do hope things will change with this administration in regard to health care.
In the mean time I am counting my blessings.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rescue

This weekend I was food-shopping at my favorite market, the Fairway in Red Hook.
Also shopping for food were the Red Hook Raiders, the local firefighters. It is a cliche but I do think most firefighters are hot :) Clearly most of them are fit, but I think at heart what makes them attractive is their bravery and that they serve the community.

Talking about New York and fire fighters, I have been watching "Rescue Me" on Hulu, I like it and I am glad it is filmed in New York.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Loves!

Happy 1st Anniversary, C & G!
Thanks for letting us share that special day/week with you.


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