Medical insurance explained (or, why we need reform?)

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mbofov, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    (don't know who to give credit to for this)

    (Research done by the Legal Department)

    Q. What does HMO stand for?

    A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, "HEY MOE." Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Moe of the Three Stooges, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eye.


    Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?

    A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the plan. The doctors basically fall into two categories: those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer participating in the plan.

    But don't worry, the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive away and a diploma from a third world country.


    Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?

    A. No. Only those you need.


    Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?

    A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.


    Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?

    A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.


    Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name brand. I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomach ache. What should I do?

    A. Poke yourself in the eye.


    Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?

    A. You really shouldn't do that.


    Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart transplant right in his/her office?

    A. Hard to say, but considering that all you're risking is the $20 co-payment, there's no harm in giving it a shot.


    Q. Will health care be different in the next century?

    A. No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.


    Hope this clears it all up for you...

  2. meditationlotus

    meditationlotus New Member

    I was without health insurance for about 7 years. A total nightmare. Now I have a plan through my state, which is better than nothing. But some doctors that participate are 80 miles or more away.

    Everyone should see the movie "Sicko". What has happened to the uninsured and the underinsured is a tragedy. I know first hand that this is true!
  3. daboysone

    daboysone New Member

    LOL!!!! This is too cute! Sad but basically true! At least I smiled a bit today...thankyou for that! :) M