Employer Sponsored Health Care: Some New Directions

by Admin on June 15, 2009 · 3 comments

in News, Patients, Payers

Sometimes laughter is good for emphasizing something’s importance, and sometimes only shock therapy will work.

A funny new direction from our friend Herman Dreier:

TOP TEN INDICATORS THAT YOUR EMPLOYER HAS CHANGED TO A CHEAPER HEALTH
CARE PLAN:

(10) Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.

(9) Directions to your doctor’s office include “Take a left when you enter the trailer park.”

(8) The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.

(7) The only proctologist in the plan is “Gus” from Roto-Rooter.

(6) The only item listed under Preventive Care Coverage is “an apple a day…”

(5) Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.

(4) “The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges,” is not a typographical error.

(3) The only expense covered 100% is “embalming.”

(2) Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M’s on them.

AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU’VE JOINED A VERY CHEAP HEALTH CARE PLAN:

(1) You ask for Viagra and they give you a Popsicle stick and Duct Tape.

And one that’s not so funny, from the blog of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives:

Here is part of an actual quote from a major private health insurance company for providing coverage to an Arizona small business with seven employees:

61 y. male and spouse $5,442.97/month
24 y. male $484.29/month
30 y. male/family $3,421.59/month
32 y. female $1,410.75/month

You do the math. Total annual health coverage premium for this small business: $245,078.88!

Cost is the critical issue, not who pays. This borders on the criminal.

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