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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    In America you only get a limited number of sick days that you can use whenever. If you go over the sick days, even if you're dying, you're not going to get paid. If it's an extended illness, depending on the job, you can get a leave of absence -- other times you just get fired.

    I think this is kind of ridiculous because sick people aren't very productive, so if you're at work you're spreading your illness and making everyone else not productive, too. I believe more paid sick days would be considered 'efficiency wages' in economics terms.
    It doesn't make sense because it's a fucked up mindset left over from the days of 19th century robber barron classism.

    I mean, why did some Victorian-era factory owners make their employees work until they slumped over and died during a shift?

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    the reason why americans don't go to the doctors unless it's an emergency is because it's so expensive and the so called free clinics are not that good here. In fact my room mate was feeling dizzy and like she was having a stroke and the first doctor said it was stress and she went for a second opinion and the other doctor asked if she was on birth control. and the second doctor was like the first doctor should have asked you that.
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    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    In America you only get a limited number of sick days that you can use whenever. If you go over the sick days, even if you're dying, you're not going to get paid. If it's an extended illness, depending on the job, you can get a leave of absence -- other times you just get fired.

    I think this is kind of ridiculous because sick people aren't very productive, so if you're at work you're spreading your illness and making everyone else not productive, too. I believe more paid sick days would be considered 'efficiency wages' in economics terms.
    Thank you for your response.

    That seems a little ridiculous, no offense to you, but rather to the system. What is the logic behind that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    the reason why americans don't go to the doctors unless it's an emergency is because it's so expensive and the so called free clinics are not that good here. In fact my room mate was feeling dizzy and like she was having a stroke and the first doctor said it was stress and she went for a second opinion and the other doctor asked if she was on birth control. and the second doctor was like the first doctor should have asked you that.
    Well think of it like this: Not every doctor gets a 4.0 on their exams and degree, right?

    So how do you know if you're going to a doctor who passed with a 2.0 or a 3.9? You don't.
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    its more of being too expensive for most people to go to the doctors and insurance will only cover so much.because are medicine and drugs have no cap so the drug companys can keep raising the price.
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    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Ok, so my day is almost over, and though I haven't eaten anything today, I kind of feel the same.

    I would think it would have gotten worse if I had it, but who knows.

    My best friend has it. He's 'quarenteened' until next Monday. He had blood tests at a doctor that confirmed it.

    But whatever, I'm not going to the doctors, and I am still going to school until I can no longer function. Or they tell me to stay home.

    Where I live, people are already getting it, and less than 5% of the people up here have gotten the vaccine. It's too late, the pot's a'brewin!
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    Was just wondering... do you think there is a correlation between ENFPs and hypochondria... I don't mean that as a jibe at all... just something I read in the thread made me ask the question.. as I have it real bad
    Anyways howya doing Onewithsoul... better I hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Thank you for your response.

    That seems a little ridiculous, no offense to you, but rather to the system. What is the logic behind that?
    The logic is that you need the company more than the company needs you. Especially with the current job market, you have 5 people applying for everyone 1 job out there. They can't just not give you any sick days, but not paying or firing you is more efficient for them than paying you for days you're not there. For a week-long illness, people usually only take off only one or two days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Holy guacamole! That would never happen here! At least not if parents took care of their kids properly.



    I'm really starting to think that. If you stay home from work for being sick and do not provide a doctor's note, you don't get paid or you have to use vacation time. You ALWAYS have to get a doctor's note. There is no 'stay home and wait for it to get better.'

    Of course it depends on your employer what you have to do exactly. Some say on the day of illness. Others after one sick day. Others three. But no note, no go.
    Yea, well.. get this.

    I have "insurance" with my work and then needed to go to the docs this summer and was unable to pay the bill and lost my primary care physician. Now i've come down with this awful awful cough that has lasted over a month and is getting more extreme and don't have anyone to go to. (Unless its the emergency room, which costs about 1000 dollars just for me stepping through the door. which I won't be able to pay. but they'll HAVE to treat me.. and then the lovely citizens will get to pay for me... and, you see where this could get to be a problem..)

    The other piece of it is, to stay out of work for more than three days, I need a doctor's note. Or I have potential of losing my job. And, well, I don't have a doctor anymore, since I couldn't pay my bill. So I have to go to work sick, and infect my coworkers. And..
    you can see how this could be MORE of a problem.
    That's our system for ya!!

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    OH GOD, that is just awful! I'm so sorry Sweet (((
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