For the past few days, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. My throat is sore, my voice is hoarse, I’m coughing and spitting up some pretty thick and nasty flem. All this and it’s midterms. So I did what any American with insurance does, I called the doctor’s office and made an appointment so he (or she) could diagnose me and send me on my merry way. By the time I had finished the appointment, the nurse practitioner who saw me (no people, not even a doctor) suggested I rest and drink lots of fluids. Thank you for that information, I had no idea. She called it an upper respiratory viral infection and for that diagnosis, a mere 82 dollars. WHAT?! I’m a student, and this is my student insurance and I can’t believe you people are charging me this much to see a nurse who told me to get some rest!
Apparently I hadn’t met my deductible yet. Ya, that basically means I need to rack up a bunch of useless visits and charge them so that I meet the deductible so that I don’t have to pay the $82.
I have been talking about starting this blog for a long time. So be it that this visit finally fueled the beginning of this blog which will be dedicated to health. Health care, national health reform, health policy, healthy lifestyles etc. So here we go…Enjoy