A humorous slam at private insurance companies. I read the whole article and wonder how much better life would be, not only for doctors but for patients as well if their third party paid a reasonable bundled fee, with profit potential, and let the patients and the doctors and the hospitals figure out how to divvy up the money. This humor is a take on private insurance companies, but it might as well be the government behind the Medicare National Bank. Neither has been able to control the cost of delivering health care to the masses. The only way to do that is to stop paying for it.
So, Mr. President, I write to you with this demand: we are not a socialist country, one which believes the health of its citizens should come without the proper profit-loss determinations. I believe that my healthcare decisions should be between me, my insurance company plan, my insurance company’s list of approved doctors I am allowed to see and treatments I am allowed to get, my insurance company’s claims department, the insurance company doctors who have never met me, spoken to me or even personally looked at my files, my own preexisting conditions, my insurance company’s crack cost-review and retroactive cancellation and denial squads, my insurance company’s executives and board of directors, my insurance company’s profit requirements, the shareholders, my employer, and my doctor.
*This blog post was originally published at A Happy Hospitalist*