Chronic illness is no fun. If you're here, you already know that.

Iā€™m Julia, and I've been living with chronic illness for more than a decade. My doctors are fantastic, my husband is beyond supportive, my friends are helpful and delightful, and it is still a struggle to get through every single day. This site is here to share the rants, resources, reviews, and ruminations I've created in my time as an angry invalid.

Care or No Care: The Surprising Costs of the Emergency Room

A provocative, troubling story on highlighted a shocking finding from their ongoing survey of patients' emergency room bills: people charged significant amounts of money, despite having refused care entirely in the ER.

Featuring a patient who received a bill of over $5,000 for an icepack, and another who was billed over $1,000 for the cost of taking her child's temperature, the story outlined items like "facilities fees" that can jack up prices even when no care, or minimal care, is received. If a patient is fortunate enough to have insurance, insurers may only pay a portion of the bill and leave hospitals to chase the patients for the rest.

This is, as the old joke goes, a heck of a way to run a health care system. Vox is continuing to seek input from patients willing to share their emergency room bills and their experiences; contact them here if you're interested in participating.

Review: Doing Harm, by Maya Dusenbery

Depression as a Terminal Disease

Depression as a Terminal Disease