Please Ignore Any Possible Double Entendres
I had a $30 co-pay for this visit. I have no idea what it actually cost. Then I went to have my car’s oil changed, which is arguably more important to the health of my car’s engine than three minutes’ worth of doctor going “Does this hurt? [poke] What about this? [poke] What about this [poke]?” is to the health of me. No appointment necessary; I paid $25 and was out of there in ten minutes. The poky doctor appointment, by contrast, required multiple phone calls to make a reservation weeks in advance.
Could be worse. Overall my car needs a lot more fix-it care than I do, and at least the car insurance companies focus on actual accidents rather than routine maintenance. Should that change, I’ll move to one of those overpriced cities where nobody has a car.
Imagine: need an oil change? No more can you find dozens of quick-lube places competing with each other for your business; instead, you have to call your insurance company and make an appointment and fill out scads of paperwork before you qualify for coverage that leaves you with only $25 as a co-pay. Need a tire? If you call now and wait on hold for 15 minutes you can make an appointment to speak to an insurance-company mechanic who’ll inspect your old tire three weeks from next Tuesday and write you a prescription. Running low on gas? You can’t visit any of the fifteen stations in your neighborhood because you have to drive 32 miles to the gas station run by the insurance company and wait for a mechanic to write you a gas-requisition pass before you’re allowed to buy any.
All this extra paperwork and bureaucracy will make insured car maintenance a HELL of a lot harder to get than it is now. That, in a nutshell, is why basic health care in
Sorry about the rant. Can you tell I hate dealing with my insurance company?