Thursday, May 29, 2008

Healthcare costs in America

How about a nice little dose of common sense.


When I went for my annual physical, I wrote down a list of every person involved, from the secretary to the nurse, to the Doc, to the techs at the hospital who did my PAP and mammogram and the folks who read the results. Thirty Two people.

That's Thirty two people!

It took Thirty Two people for my doctor to tell me I am perfectly healthy.

It's no wonder health care costs more in the United States than anywhere else in the world!

If that's not bad enough, I went back to the Doc last week to have a cyst removed from my eyelid. It was just a little zit... a whitehead. I could have popped myself with a sewing needle and my fingernails. Well, I could have if it were on any other part of my aging sagging body other than my eyelid.

Yanno, I'm good at first aid, but I'm not worth much as a blind surgeon.

Well, my Doctor sent me to an eye specialist, because I suppose zit popping was one of the classes she missed in medical school. (I hear its a growing speciality just oozing with opportunity.)

But I digress. I go to the eye doc and say "Hey doc, could you pop this little zit on my eyelid?"

"Sure thing." He says, as he sticks a needle in my eye.

I leave, and all is well until I open my mail a week later and see a bill for $ 783.00!!!!!

My eyes popped right out of my head; A condition not covered by insurance.


Ange (formerly Writer Mom) said...

Guess I won't be getting rid of my eyelid zits any time soon, damnit.

Kel-Bell said...

Oh Ange, You crack me up girl!

Becky said...

I hate zits, especially those eyelid zits. Did they classify it as cosmetic? You know you could have walked around with a zit dangling from your eyelid with out it effecting your health.

I know you are going to fight that damned insurance company. I'm not even sure how your doctor could justify charging that amount! Bastages. Get 'em Kelley Bell.

fineartist said...

Kel bel, you're back!

I'm oozing with pleasure that you are back, she's baaaaackkkkk folks.

I have one of those critters on my eye too, the lower lid and sometimes it's bigger than other times, and it bugs me, but from your story I sure wont be seeking medical assistance to get rid of it.

love you kel bel, and that's a fact!