It’s a conspiracy, I’m certain of that. Yeah, that’s what I thought, as I lay stretched out in that dentist chair. We were running through the long list of catch up medical visits after our summer vacation. I was going through the bright-light torture as the dentist and dental assistant were pouring over my X-rays. Truthfully, I had missed my spring appointment. But it wasn’t MY fault!!! I had the appointment, it’s just that that time/hour/day/ or week got cancelled for something the dentist decided to do and there wasn’t an available slot within my available calendar openings (after all it WAS mushroom season!) That seems to happen to me often, my appointment, scheduled a year ago, cancelled at the last minute, and changed to later….do they ALL need to rest up before they see me?
So, the dentist says, “I thought we sent into to Dr. So and So to have a root canal?” Well, says I, “He told me, after looking at it, to rush right back if it began hurting, it didn’t, and I didn’t. I got the impression that he wasn’t very concerned about it.” Well, says the dentist, we’re going to send him this X-ray, and talk to him.
Two, weeks later, here I sit in Dr. So and So’s office. Here’s what I don’t get. If my dentist sent the X-ray, why, 14 days later, does Dr. So and So need to take another one, what was wrong with the first one? I know why!!! Each Dr. gets to charge me $85 for an X-ray!!!! I get to pay for everybody’s new equipment… Not only do I get X-ray’d again, I don’t even get to see the dentist. They send the X-ray to the next room, where he is working, confer and then the assistant comes back and says “Oh, Yeah!! You need a ROOT CANAL.”
I got up to the appointment window and they said, “We JUST came up with an opening tomorrow at 2 pm! Whoa…..ok, they must have made a note somewhere about last years chance they missed. They weren’t going to let me get away this time. I want to ask if the Dr. had purchased a new truck, or was there a payment due on some new equipment.
You what gets me, there’s always two prices for the same medical service. There the amount that gets paid when you have insurance and the amount that I pay from my check book. The Dr.’s usually charge 120% of there estimated price and settle for what the insurance company will pay, (which gets them back to about what they really want) but for the rest of us, we pay the 120%, there’s no break for my check book.
So, think of me in 7 days as Dr. So and So begins drilling. Certainly, he’ll see dollar signs and strike oil!!! It’s a conspiracy, all these Dr.’s seem to be working together, so says my pocket book. (pocket book??? does anyone even know what that is today??)
PS. I don’t care which side of health care debate you’re on….the truth is, before Obama Care, my insurance premiums and medical costs were skyrocketing, after Obama Care, my insurance premiums, medical costs, and deductibles were skyrocketing while coverage diminished.