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  1. humanino

    MRI bill question

    That is certainly encouraging. The person at the billing desk was not helpful at all.
  2. humanino

    MRI bill question

    That is very helpful Borg, thank you very much. For my locality, the blue book indicates $815 and some steps we should take to negotiate the price.
  3. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Thank you for the advice. We will certainly call them again in the next days.
  4. humanino

    MRI bill question

    The insurance did agree to pay 80% of the $12k so the provider can not be out of network (unless I misunderstand).
  5. humanino

    MRI bill question

    That is one scary thought to me :frown: Yes, we have the CD.
  6. humanino

    MRI bill question

    No, the hospital was prescribed by the regular general practitioner.
  7. humanino

    MRI bill question

    At the time of the procedure, it was ACE. I appreciate your feedback very much.
  8. humanino

    MRI bill question

    The original price was $13k which was taken to $12k. So our share is $2.4k. When I read MRI price $2k to $3k am I to understand that is after the insurance share ?
  9. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Yes, and the insurance has agreed to pay 80% and claims they negotiated the price.
  10. humanino

    MRI bill question

    It was not an emergency. We went to a hospital because her doctor prescribed the diagnostic. We already switched plan from 20% to fixed $250 copay for the MRI. I went yesterday to ask for itemized bill. The contrast agent was $300. There are two items for two parts of the head although she went...
  11. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Thank you for this advice. We will investigate other local facilities for the next MRIs (which will happen regularly, as the $12k turned up unfortunately useful). I anticipate to find better offers, and I want to present them as evidence.
  12. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Yes chemisttree, and yes that would be the price range I would consider fair in this region. Is there any third party assistance I can find apart from going to court ?
  13. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Dear PFers, The hospital gave us a $12k bill for one MRI (head with contrast). The people I talked to at the hospital tell me that they do not know whether this is a fair price, which I find suspicious. The same procedure in France costs $300. As I am unsure what to do, I would appreciate...
  14. humanino

    Engineers have no Life

    Entitled lazy people, there is a major societal problem from the point of view of someone who grew up abroad. This is very sad honestly. You are talented enough to become an engineer : grow up and live up to it. There are many people more talented than you who were stopped in their track by a...
  15. humanino

    The science paywall

    I do not see any problem in my field (particle physics). I check arXiv every morning. If I know the name, I will read it. If I do not know the name, it is unlikely I will read it. If the published version differs form the original on arXiv, the arXiv paper is updated. If I missed out on...
  16. humanino

    Most Commonly Mispronounced Mathematicians

    I think it's between banana and Johann Sebastian Bach.
  17. humanino

    Guidance in learning Particle Physics

    The_Duck recommendations are good, but keep in mind that they have to do with quantum field theory. It is probably indispensable to spend some time learning quantum field theory on its own if you want to study particle physics. I post some recommendations on particle physics. "Lie Algebras in...
  18. humanino

    Most Commonly Mispronounced Mathematicians

    Not a mathematician, rather a physicist, but : a controversial pronunciation. Louis de Broglie http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/De_Broglie.ogg
  19. humanino

    Beyond the noncommutative standard model

    Fixing the group structure has nothing to do with fixing the coupling constants. The SM constants still have to be measured. This is old and has been discussed numerous times in many places. If you are interested, you should seriously read before criticizing.
  20. humanino

    What has caused this panda-face in a cloud chamber ?

    There is the magnetic field of the earth, it could be a low energy cosmic ray. Nice imagination to suggest a panda face !
  21. humanino

    Beyond the noncommutative standard model

    The Higgs mass prediction (updated) is at Resilience of the Spectral Standard Model None of the statements are vague, everything has a precise, well-defined, mathematical meaning in those papers. I agree that the Higgs mass post-diction is most unfortunate.
  22. humanino

    Neutrinos to probe nuclear structure?

    No, that would violate parity/time reversal. If you are interested in experimental limits : Schiff moment of the Mercury nucleus and the proton dipole moment An Improved Experimental Limit on the Electric Dipole Moment of the Neutron
  23. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    "crackpot" : one given to eccentric or lunatic notions When one acts as spokesperson for enough people in a country that their proposal becomes a law upheld by the Supreme Court, I do no think this person should be dismissed as "eccentric" or "lunatic", and their opinion discarded in a...
  24. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    It is not for you to judge, you can not redefine their priorities. Again, as a matter of fact, the moratorium stands, and that "accomplishment" alone means she is not a mere "crackpot".
  25. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    I understand your point of view. I am not sure you understand the point of view of farmers in India, who are indeed rather religious, and who perceive Monsanto's intrusion in their market as disruptive. It is not fair to compare her to members of the New Age movement, because she does not seek...
  26. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    Vandana Shiva is not a nut/crackpot. She is a PhD trained as a physicist. You may disagree with her activism, but please do so respectfully. Rush Limbaugh does have advertisers, so no, not all. Thank you for actually listening to her arguments and providing with your comments. I hope you realize...
  27. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    "Democracy now" is non-profit and provides highly praised investigation journalism and broadcast. They are passionate about their work and understand its importance. They have received multiple awards. I will drop the case and let PF readers judge by themselves from your own comparison with Rush...
  28. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    Independent journalism may displease your taste, but you did not elaborate. You merely repeated your opinion. It is indeed very valuable for a well functioning *democracy* to have educated people investigating and reporting without advertisers, corporate or government money. I would agree with...
  29. humanino

    News U.S. Supreme Court Hears Monsanto Seed Patent Case

    Would you care to elaborate or retract ?
  30. humanino

    News Explosion reported near Boston Marathon finish line

    I believe it is much, much worse. It is in fact partly responsible for the next tragedy.
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