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Does it bother you they're spending the inheritance?

Posted By: CynicalMT on 2009-06-16
In Reply to: Look! I have relatives in CA who come to USA - for healthcare because Soc. med. stinks there.nm

And I know that healthcare costs are so out of control here that there are organized flights that go to India and other countries to get get their health care. Because it's sadly cheaper to fly halfway around the world, get a hotel/apartment for a month, buy food, and pay cash for surgery or medical care than it is to stay here and get it down.

He11, even some of the insurance companies were pushing for offshoring our health care to India.

And nobody has yet to say that we don't have great medical care here; the big gripe is that so few have access to it.


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As long as you're doing it just for spending
money & have a husband who is the bread-winner, then you'll do fine. If you're a single mom counting on this to support you and your children, then I'd recommend another field. Now that the greedy corporations have taken us over & are sending most of the work to India, they've pretty much destroyed our industry.
I replied this morning and was deleted. I asked if you're spending a lot of extra time on the ex
work.  If so, I see no reason why you can't charge her by the hour for what you do.  It could me maybe $100 a week insted of every 2.  I do think that is a rip-off and you're being taken for your generosity. 
Hey Narey, why did you bother asking when what you're really looking
yes?  Look, you need to see the whole picture. MT is not easy and it won't make you a lot of money. Those who are making $13, $15, $18 an hour have been at it for a long time and they also need to thank their lucky stars they have those jobs and they haven't been outsourced overseas yet.  If you want to spend thousands on a good school, better pick from M-Tec or Andrews, maybe Career Step, but if you go with Career Step, you had better earn their top grade. These schools can get you jobs entry level with some companies, but that doesn't mean those companies are all that wonderful. 
Why does that bother you? You're getting paid to type
what is dictated. What does it matter if it is "Mrs. Smith" in paragraph 1, "Ethel" in paragraph 3, or "the patient" in the recommendations? LOLOLOL


If you're happy with your production, don't bother with it now.
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I'd be all for spending some money on ....
tracking down the father of her child.   Where is he?  Why shouldn't HE be made to provide for the  child he brought into the world.   That's another big  problem...  Not saying this is your friend's situation, but when you have an average of 30% of whites, 50% of Hispanics, and 69% of African-Americans having children without benefit of marriage, we've got a REALLY big problem here in this country.  People are turning their lives into a train wreck and then expecting the taxpayer/government to pick up the after math.  Let's hold the 2 people who bring these children  into  the world truly responsible for them financially.  Maybe people would be a little more careful if  they didn't know  the govt would be their safety net.
Oh yes, I'm spending 3 times as much it seems.
I have been trying to make up a menu for each night and trying to include the cereal/bagels whatever for kids in the morning and buying only what's on my list.  It did help, but I've only tried it twice.  Another good thing is it's in and out as I buy it because I truly believe that the meat in the store has just sat there since no one is buying.  I'd much rather go twice a week (it is across the street) than go only once a month and buy "old meat."  I'm not a big fan of frozen fresh meat anyway; it seems rubbery after it's been frozen... 
OF COURSE we know what daycare is! Its anyone OTHER than Mom spending the majority of the day
course, just the way lots of you like it!! Dump and run!!  Unreal. The Govt monitors day care - oh, there's a relief!  Then the Govt monitors schools, which are your next dump off point for your kids! And of course you can't spend the day with your own kids - they grow AWAY from parents over the years, not closer.  You can't control your own kids, cause they're NOT your kids - they belong to daycare and their peer group friends.
Spending too much time with your child?
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wealthy spending money
I have minimal respect for Oprah. Yes, she does some good things, but I have noticed that she always makes sure she get splenty of publicity for her "good works." Her remark to David Letterman about her show being so much more than a "talk show" was arrogant, pompous, and demeaning to the rest of the "talk show" hosts.

Last year when her audience got those cars, it was publicized as if she gave them the cars - in fact, the car manufacturer donated those cars - it didn't cost Oprah one red cent. When her audiences get all those goodies on the show, I'm willing to bet it isn't costing her - that stuff is mostly if not all donated. It's a tax deduction as a cost of business for her anyway.

Frankly, I think she and Dave deserve each other. They are 2 extremely self-absorbed people.
Gracious! You all are spending way too much $$ on stickies

GSMI, Inc.  Has good single sheet or flat fold. 


Computer Extras has a great price on the large roll of stickies.  Their flat fold is too flimsy for my printer and separates too easily. 


I usually get 1" perforated roll from Computer Extras for $54 including shipping.  It looks like it is for dot-matrix printers (has the holes on the side of the page as leaders to fit the printer) but works great in laser printers.  I tear off as little as 6" inches and stack them up in my manual print tray.  The leaders give an easy separation guide for the offices, too.  The 1" perforation makes little waste when separating multiple chart notes/patients on a page. 


Same here, although I won't be spending it on a trip to China
I do disagree about not being good at MT though. I think many competent MTs shoot themselves in the foot by not recognizing the value of their skills and working for less than they are worth.
If you are spending all that time having to proof
may as well hire someone else and proof their work. I've considered starting a business of my own but I can definitely see there would be headaches. I do IC for a gal and I really like working for her. She pays me a decent wage and I do my best to make the client happy because I know that will make that gal happy. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure I have made an error here and there; NO ONE is perfect. There are good days and bad days. Some days, I have to send loads of blanks to her but usually because the doctor seems to mumbling, sound quality, maybe a doctor's name in the report I'm not familiar with and don't want to put the incorrect spelling in, or a discrepency I may find in the report. There are other days when I have great docs, great sound quality and the doc may even spell an unfamiliar doctor name for me. :) I definitely hope the gal I work for is happy with my work and I would also hope she would say something to me if she was unhappy so I could fix it. Have you talked to your MTs about your concerns? Sent them changes you have had to make when you proof?
The difference between not caring what you spend and spending as
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Guess what? When he's at work all day at HIS job, he's not spending time with the family
Grrrrr.
Yes because i will be spending money i don't have and won't earn anything with work decreasing
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You would be better of just going to work and not spending so much time tilting at windmills.
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Spending a couple weeks traveling in 4-corners area
We have about 3 weeks to wander around this area -- starting in Albuquerque and ending up in Phoenix.  Looking forward to seeing the National Parks, Monument Valley, etc., but would love to hear about out of the way or particularly neat stuff!!!
Why bother asking???
Just looking for reference so everybody who needed to know could know. Not trying to flame. Simply asked for reference as BOS User provided reference and ALS did not -- guess you weren't as interested as I thought you were?!?
bother, not both
oops, suppose will get slammed here.
Don't even bother -
.....as we speak!
If he is not used to it, of course it will bother him at first, but he will get used to it if
:l
Don't bother with them...
I worked there for a few months and received incorrect and late paychecks.  They are not worth spit.  The MT manager has never been an MT and is clueless when it comes to the work. 
i have them around, they just don't bother me.

that would bother me too
-- how do you know that down the road, someone wouldn't undercut you the same way. It would be hard to trust them and not get nervous about it later, esp if you took on a debt/new payment or something.
Does not bother me in the least-
I get out and go as much as I want, just had lunch out before starting work today, hubby and me, went over to my daughters house last night to give her some assistance with lawmmower, etc. and to tell you the truth, like hubs and me just well, really donít care that much about socializing all the time, rather be working and making the $$$$.
I don't know why I bother...

but here goes.....


I am not for "outsourcing".  I am not for it because it is a way for greedy americans to try and get cheap labor.  If someone wants to compete fairly with me for a job, I am fine with that. 


But I am also not for belittling people and picking apart their posts no matter who they are and where they are from.


I also think that if you are proud to be American, you would rise above losing your job to outsourcing.  You would not spend your time whining and complaining and insulting strangers.  Rise above your circumstances...create your own opportunity...isn't that the American way?


Don't bother!
I joined with the same thought process as you.  Not only did no one care whether or not I had this to add to my resume, but I have not used one thing that has been offered.  There is an email that comes once every couple of weeks that I delete before even looking at it.  I did look at the first couple and it was "who cares" kind of information.  I just don't have time to be perusing through a bunch of information that I will probably never need and if I do, I can look it up through Google, drugs.com, etc.  This is just my opinion, take it for what you will.
Would this bother you? regarding QA
When corrections need to be made a bulk fax goes out to the MTs on that account. Any corrections, or notes, made by the hospital are on these. I just feel like these should not be sent to everyone but only to the individual that needs to correct them. Am I wrong?
Would this bother you?

I was hired with 2 other MTs to do a new acct for a national whose name shall not be mentioned. 


During the first several months, it became noticeable that one MT who was the largest producer was cherry picking and their reports were riddled with errors.  And this is a fantastic account for the most part - very easy to make money without cheating.


So, the other MT and I mentioned it to each other and agreed to what we were both observing.  She took it to the supervisor who concluded that there was envy on our part because he typed the most.  She dismissed our claims as did the QA person/assistant to supervisor after I mentioned to her I was seeing his work (like when 2 rads dictate the same report and you find out by seeing the other report in place) and it had typos in it or the skeleton of a canned report not filled out at the bottom of the page (must have put it in twice). 


A few months later, the account (a hospital) requested this MT be taken off the acct.  He was placed on 100QA and then let go (policy). 


The sup and the QA person, although never mentioning it, must have realized it was not jealousy at all at that moment. Right?  That we loved our jobs and did not want this type of work to go through and all of us be considered fly-by-nights.


Rather, there appeared to be something close to resentment as we began to be both QA'ed to death with the other MT nearly losing her job until she put her foot down and refused to be on 100% QA (25 yr veteran). 


The tension was palpable and it was made worse that every lead MT in our dept appeared to know about it and began to treat us like we were whiners and complainers. 


I was then dx'ed with BC and in a state of panic told my group.  My sup told my the QA person had been dx'ed with BC too and that she was call me and reassure me. We spoke for quite some time on a few different occasions on the phone and and e-mailed back and forth.


She said she was also engaged to a radiologist who worked at the hospital in her hometown.  A team member with an investigative mind decided to check it out and found out he was married and had a child with no divorce recorded in his county. 


I was contacted and told not to take her advice regarding BC treatment and maybe I should be more private about details..


It has been over 3 years now. I am still alive.


But.. I cannot for the life of me answer the phone when my sup calls.  I dread talking to her and actually have not for nearly a year (lol)


I feel as if they pretended she was a cancer patient so I would share details about my prognosis and they would be better prepared for coverage should I end up unable to work.  


Have you ever heard of anything quite so strange in the new world of work place telecommunication?   Should I just shut up and count my money and thank the MT Gods that I have an account with no ESLs? 


Sorry, I have wanted to write this for a year but was afraid the details would reveal who it was should anyone peruse this site.  Hopefully, now, it will go unnoticed.


Appreciate your feedback if you have any at all. 


Sorry to be such a bother.
The reason I asked about feedback is because I went from working under a supervisor at a local hospital, who constantly told us how we were doing (monthly reviews at least), to an MTSO where I only rarely get feedback, and it is always negative. Because of this, I am concerned, as I don't know whether I am actually doing good or whether I am just squeezing by.

When you are coming close to needing to fire someone, do you make it pretty obvious? Only asking because I am personally afraid of being blindsided, since I am not used to working for an MTSO.

Feel free to let me know if I am crossing the line in any of my questions as well. It is just nice to be able to ask someone higher up about how things are done, especially being newer to the business.

Thank you!
Don't Bother

I was a CMT for 12 years, but let it lapse last year when it was up for renewal.  It never made a bit of difference when I looking for a job, either you're a good Transcriptionist or you're not.  There's some CMTs that are book smart, but don't have a bit of common sense and that's just as important.  Being a CMT is a matter of personal choice, but in no means does it guarantee a better job or a higher paying one.


AHDI supports offshoring and always has.  They try very hard to remain "politically correct" and not upset their Indian buddies.  In fact, most of the board of directors are employed by Indian companies.  They do not support the American MT at all.


AHDI would like you to believe the certification may become required.  If it does, it would not be through them.  It would be a state or federal licensing program, not through AHDI.


You have to earn 30 CEC's in a 3 year period to renew your CMT.  You have to pay for continuing education classes or attend AHDI functions which you also pay for. 


 


So why did you bother asking in the first plac?
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Thanks..I won't bother to apply with them now.
nm
This totally would not bother me and
I would love to work at home for a hospital with an excellent incentive plan instead of a large service with jumping from account to account just to get my lines in.  I bet if they had a job listing on the boards, they would have many, many replies, even with the micromanaging.
I get this all the time... these are the ones that bother me...
The ones that bother me the most are the people who ask me to babysit their children, saying, "since you are home all day, could you.."  Those are the ones that get under my skin. 
they really don't bother you if you just leave them alone

they are just trying to survive like all the other creatures whose habitat is slowly being destroyed.  Most snakes are afraid of people.


Why bother to get that upset?
I'd be singing a different tune in a different circumstance but I always tell MTs to go through and type what they hear. Go back and give it a second listen and fill in what you can. Then, if you have absolutely no idea .. you need to send it to QA and move on. You are working production and if you cannot get the blank, leave it to your QA team. Your work is going to suffer in the big picture if you are not able to complete the work and frankly, you might just need a change of venue altogether. There is too much that factors into a job to become that upset over it all.
If you do not have experience, do not bother......sm
I have had way too many inquiries from "non MTs" that think this job is easy.  Get an education and experience in-house first. 
and of course she/he doesn't bother
to spell drugs so mispronounced that they are impossible to figure out or experimental drugs that are impossible to look up even if they were pronounced correctly. 
CMT......why bother at 28 years?
Girl, 28 years experience speaks for itself. I would never go to the expense or hassle at your level of expertise. A friend of mine took it last year. The test is not online, that I am aware...she had to go to a local testing facility, something that sounds like "Prometrix" or something close to that name. The test was 6 hours, though you could finish before the 6 hour mark if you wanted. She said she came out shellshocked and was totally surprised she passed. She has to keep up 36 hours every 3 years of continuing ed to keep it, and she's only making 1 cent a line more, for which she has to agree to 2400 (YES, HUNDRED) lines a day to keep her little penny. I don't think I'll ever put myself through that, and certainly could not keep up the lines to keep my penny. That's in 8 hours. No way for me, and I've been at this for 7 years. Do what you want, but I really feel your experience is enough and the CMT would be a waste of your money and time.
Doesn't bother me at all.
I don't get why people call the machines transcribers. They don't transcribe. Personally, one of my best clients still calls us "typists." I could care less since they are my highest paying contract and treat us "typists" very well.
doesn't bother me what you say. sm
At least I can "speak" without the #@*@ words. Can you?

If you think I put in a LOL to "throw something in" so you will think I am sweet you got a nother think coming.

Are you trying to be cuddly?
You spending 3K in gasoline to make 4K plus all that time on the road?That doesn't make sense Pat




gee, I don't know - would a peephole in the bathroom bother you?
Ask them if they are keylogging you. If they are not (haha) they may appreciate knowing they have the software.

Then get a new employer.
And then when you hire them do you bother to give them
nm
Thanks for the info. I won't bother applying either. nm

In that case, why bother with a hospital?
I just don't get it. If they take away what is essentially the only perk the job has, why should we continue?
Does it bother any of you who work for a service
I accepted a job with a company not knowing that they outsource offshore until today and I have mixed feelings about whether I should continue looking for a different job or stick with this one.

Baffled
What bother me is that we all pretty much know this, especially those of us who do QA for services
and know what we are doing. The work is atrociously bad, both from MTs and even from some other QA'ers! So why does it continue to go on? Your guess is as good as mine!
It's great that it doesn't bother you sm

But can't you accept the fact that it may bother other people?


You have a right to your opinion, but it is your opinion. Not everyone feels the same way.


If someone asks me for personal information of any kind, if I don't know why they need it (for example, if I'm checking out at a store at the mall and they ask for my phone number), I ask them what they do with the information and if they can't give me a good reason for needing it, I don't give it to them.


That's my choice. You are free to do as you choose, also. Just understand that not everyone thinks the way you do.