RV Lifestyle eZineAuthor

September 10, 2015

No. 328



Buying that First RV; following the sun;
frugal RVing; working on the road


Staying Healthy on the Road: Full-body Scans
Finding a Doctor
Dealing With the Healthcare Industry
Health Apps for Your Phone
Trivia Quiz


Staying Healthy on the Road:
Full-Body Scans



Since I published the eBook, "Healthcare & The RV Lifestyle," a few months ago, several questions from readers prompts this reply about full-body scans mentioned in the book.

In the past two or three years, more radiology labs have opened their doors to walk-ins, a.k.a. patients without a prescription. It seems that full-body scans are now all the rage. Take a guess as to why that is!

The myth finally dispelled about physicians in general is that they are all-knowing. Medical professionals are pressured by pharmaceutical companies on one hand and cost-cutting measures on the other. Any attempt to ferret out that elusive diagnosis that keeps the patient from good health is hampered by insurance dictates.

The Boomer Generation wave of 55+ retirees presented tests that the medical professional failed miserably. Those adventurous Boomers that dared to ask for good health in their last quarter of life pushed the industry past its competency level.

In my opinion, that is a good thing. Staying healthy means learning to monitor your own health ensuring that you understand what is happening in your own future. This is where full-body scans come into play.

Yes, scans can produce reports that may frighten you. They can also tell you what is not wrong with you. This keeps the medical industry experiments at bay. These reports can also catch some manifestation in its early stage, allowing natural cures, such as diet change, to make you whole again.

Yes, they can cost as much as $750 that is an out-of-pocket expense. Think about this though, in one year's time, how much are you paying out in deductibles and you still feel lousy? How much time are you not sitting in the waiting room to be examined or expecting some new results from the same old tests?

Since physicians are tuned in to insurance parameters, they cannot risk ordering a full-body scan if they THINK the problem is only in the colon. The insurance company would throw that back in a heartbeat.

Unless physicians follow the holistic path, they do not believe everything is connected. They also prefer that you not become aware of anything that cannot be fixed by them. "Unnecessary worry," they say, "does not help the patient."



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Finding a Doctor on the Road

Finding a doctor in a new location is frustrating. Adding to that frustration, finding a doctor that accepts Medicare almost pushes you to procrastinate yet another day. No, this is the day to find and schedule that annual checkup.

Living the RV lifestyle keeps you so busy that staying healthy slips into the background noise. It is so important to get that checkup each year, and Medicare pays for it.

Download the booklet that describes all the Preventive Care paid for by Medicare. https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10110.pdf

Finding a Physician That Accepts Medicare

Physician Compare is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website that helps you find and choose physicians and other health care professionals enrolled in Medicare.

Compare group practices on Physician Compare or compare individual physicians and other health care professionals.

Who’s included

hysician Compare includes only physicians and other health care professionals who are currently enrolled in Medicare.

 It can take 3-6 months for new physicians, other health care professionals, and group practices to be added to Physician Compare after they enroll in Medicare.

Always check the information. Even though Physician Compare is updated often, information can change. Always contact the health care professional to find out if they still accept Medicare assignments, if they are accepting new Medicare patients, and to check the doctor's address.

  Healthcare & The RV LifestyleHealthcare and the RV Lifestyle” is designed to present the important elements required for a safe and healthy interface with the healthcare industry:

 – Healthcare and Life Before 65
 – Fighting the Medical Syndrome
 – Dealing with the Healthcare Industry, Get Help Paying Costs
 – Staying Organized, Medical Records, Caregiver Credit
 – Medicare Part A, B, C, D, MSA, Therapy Management, Medigap
 – Retiree Insurance
 – Dental Implants - What to Expect
 – What Female Issues are covered
 – Glossary of Medical Terminology




The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True  Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, "The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True" is an ebook that contains the answers.

– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road
– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends



Dealing With the Healthcare Industry

 The United States of America is the last country in the world where physicians can earn unlimited amounts of income. Everywhere else in the world, healthcare is provided free or at a low cost to their citizens.

Skilled physicians and technicians make a better living in their home country than the unskilled worker, but there are limits as they work on a government subsidized salary-based income, not per-patient commission.

Immigrants with a basic medical education flock here because there is money to be made due to a shortage of doctors and skilled technicians to care for the growing elderly population.

There are some important points to remember when you start interfacing with healthcare professionals:



Do not assume that they are looking after your best interests.

Spend time before your appointment writing down questions for the physician or service.

Learn to be patient and explain your needs clearly (if you know them).

  A large percentage of the physicians that accept Medicare assignments are funneled in from another country with lower expectations about care.

Bring your medical records with you. A short record of medications and test results is also helpful. Spend the time to print them on one sheet, if possible, as it is confusing enough for the physician on the first visit. Remember, they have to translate everything into their language mentally, then translate back. Do not forget to include a list of your vitamins.

This lowered expectation limits the quality of care you now receive. Most are here on a green card, spending their internships in specific training hospitals in this country.

Even though they speak English well, they do not have the same expectations of service as we do. Their expressions confirm that they are still thinking in their home language.

Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork

A standard Patient Financial Agreement is now required by all physicians, most already had some version in place. Expect to sign several agreements before you even see a doctor.

Another document is the Informed Consent form that outlines certain services to be performed. Of course, the Acknowledgement of Receipt of Privacy Notice is there too. This is all part of the HIPAA. Remember to get a copy of everything you sign. The medical staff is happy to accommodate you, on behalf of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).



Conquer the Road

"Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" covers maintenance of all the basic systems: air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving and weight balance tips are included.



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-- Partial Contents --

Safety On the Road
Breaking the News to Your Family
Basics of Buying a Motorhome
Buying an RV Long Distance - NEW
Resources for Choosing the First RV - NEW
Dealing with the Repair Shop
Sales Tax and Registration Fees
Managing Power, AC and DC
Essential Tools
Repair Tools
Towing Your Car
Finding the Best RV Accommodations
Boondocking (Primitive Parking) - NEW
Adding Solar Panels - NEW
Maintaining a Comfortable Lifestyle






Health Apps for Your Phone


Sleepbot- Sleep Cycle Alarm for Your Phone
Find out what's really happening in that missing third of your life... Sleepbot now contains the most comprehensive sleep analysis on the market:




- Tap detailed motion/sound graphs to play back sleep talk, snores, etc.

- Direct comparison between movement and sound correlations

- Trend graphs (length, sleep/wake times, pattern) to see your sleep quality over time

- Review your sleep statistics, debt log, and averages

- Never lose your sleep data – automatic backup to view and share at mysleepbot.com

Sleepbot is the only sleep application that includes: motion and sound graphs, sleep debt log, statistics, trend graphs (averages, sleep/wake times, patterns), multiple custom alarms, resources to help you fall asleep and stay awake and is completely free!

Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax

Need a little more calm in your life? You’ve come to the right app!

Now available for Android, Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax and much more. By downloading this app, you’ll discover how meditation can improve your mood - and your life.


See Margo’s blog, Moving On With Margo.com, for more tips, tools, and strategies to help you explore the RV lifestyle and get started. Her website, RV Lifestyle Experts.com, has articles on all phases of the RV lifestyle. Start with "Road Map to RVing".



Geography Trivia Quiz

1. Which U.S. river is the longest?
            a. Mississippi
            b. Missouri
            c. Rio Grande
Hint: This river’s start is Lake Itasca.

2. Which is the only state that does not have land designated as a national park?
            a. Texas
            b. Delaware
            c. Utah
Hint: This state entered the union Dec. 7, 1787.

3. What are Lion, Lioness, Little Cub, and Big Cub?
            a. waterfalls in Hawaii
            b. geysers in Yellowstone National Park
            c. lakes in Minnesota
Hint: They are found in a volcanic region.

4. What “line” separates eastward-flowing and westward-flowing waters?
            a. Mason-Dixon line
            b. longitudinal axis
            c. Continental Divide
Hint: It runs through the Rocky Mountains.

1. Mississippi. The Rio Grande measures 1,900 mi (3,060 km) while the Missouri stretches 2,315 mi (3,726 km), joining the mighty Mississippi in Louisiana, which tops the Missouri by only 33 mi.
2. Delaware. Utah has Zion, Texas has Big Bend, but little Delaware has none.
3. Geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Wear a raincoat when you visit Yellowstone because this family of geysers is only a sampling of the more than 150 geysers in the national park.  
4. Continental Divide. The Continental Divide begins at Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, and ends at the Tierra del Fuego.






Contact Margo @ TheMaxwellGroup.net


Blog: Moving On With Margo.com

Website: RV Lifestyle Experts.com

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