November 30th, 2006
My favorite part of opening and reading the nice little notices the health people send me every time I visit my doctor is the line at the bottom of the note, after they've explained to you just how much your particular visit cost, how little they covered and how much (minus the co-pay you already paid) you will have to pay at some nebulous point in the future.
The line says "THIS IS NOT A BILL."
And it tells the truth. It is not a bill. It didn't even include a reply envelope, for pity's sake.
What it is, however, is a portent of impending financial blech.
And worse yet, sometimes it means there's a bill coming, and sometimes it doesn't. Some insurance companies just pay the doctor some lesser amount, and the doctor agrees to eat it, but they still send you that piece of paper, to keep you on your desperate, confused toes.
I've gotten very good at opening the right corner of the Cambridge Health Alliance bills just enough to see the amount, sigh heavily, and toss it back on the ol' mail pile.
Personally, I've been to like, a bazillion doctor's appointments & etc over the last month, and I wish they would send me those statements! They seem to be waiting for my insurance to process and I am just waiting and waiting and waiting to see how much money I might owe! They won't even give me any hints. It's driving me crazy.
Could we trade?
|Date:||December 2nd, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)|| |
...oh where is Abbie the Cat?