Medical Insurance Explained
Q: What does HMO stand for?
A: This is actually a variation of the phrase, "HEY MOE".
It's 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
that are no longer receiving 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 has a
diploma from a third world country.
Q: Do all diagnostic procedures require
A: No. Only those you need.
Q: Can I get coverage for my pre-existing
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 payments.
Q: My pharmacy plan only covers generic
drugs, buy 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 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
A: Hard to say, but considering 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
A: No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment by
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by Jeff Eberbaugh
a difference a new congress made!
A little over one year ago:
Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
unemployment rate was 4.5%.
voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we've
Consumer confidence plummet;
The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3 a
Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
American households have seen $2.3 trillion in
equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund
Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2
1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
voted for change in 2006, and we got it!!!