Hope this is not off topic, but thought I would throw this out.
My daughter is chief tech at a clinic or whatever it is called that provides x-rays, CT scans, and MRI services. She's been there 5 years. What she has noticed is this ... the amount of mammograms has gone down considerably this past year. Women just are not getting them done. She thought maybe the business was going elsewhere so she checked around with friends at other facilities and their mammograms are way down, too. The women who got them a year ago or so are just not scheduling them.
October and early November was always booked solid. Last October they had plenty of openings. She is watching to see what happens this year in October.
Nationally speaking, I am wondering how widespread this is.
TWO: My niece lives near Portland, Oregon. For over 10 years she has worked for a company that makes dentures. Big layoff last January at the company because denture orders went into the toilet. The company has limped along for 6 months running a skeleton crew and is about to fold permanently. She is still out of work and can't find a job in the same industry so she is trying to sign up for training in an industry that is growing, not failing. I told her to look into going back to school to become an RN.
I don't know anything about the denture mfg. industry, but I bet it's because folks are not going to the dentist and/or are simply not going to pay for dentures when they need them.
It used to be that I would call my dentist for an appointment and it would be 2 or 3 weeks out if it wasn't an emergency. Recently I called and got an appointment in 2 days. I was suprised and was told they are now open only Mon.-Wed. and the dental hygienist comes in only every other week. When I drive by, I seldom see cars in the parking lot. My guess is his dentistry business is way down.
Just some observations during this serious discussion about health reform.