Saturday, July 23, 2005

A funny for your weekend

Everybody just loooooooooooooves HMOs.  Right?  right?!  Heh...or not.  Here's a funny I got in email from a friend.  (Hi, Diana!!)

Do You Have An HMO?

Q. What does HMO stand for?
A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, "HEY MOE." Its
roots go back to a concept pioneered by Moe of the Three
Stooges, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget
about the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the

Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the
doctor I want?
A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your
insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in
the plan.  These doctors basically fall into two categories -
those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who
will see you but are no longer participating in the plan.  But
don't worry; the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and
accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive
away, and a diploma from a Third World country.

Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
A. No.  Only those you need.

Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?
A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment

Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?
A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.

Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the
name brand.  I tried the Generic Medication, but it gave me a
stomach ache.  What should I do?
A. Poke yourself in the eye.

Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?
A. You really shouldn't do that.

Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he
can handle my problem.  Can a general practitioner really
perform a heart transplant right in his office?
A. Hard to say, but considering that all you're risking is the
$20 co-payment, there's no harm in giving him a shot at it.

Q. Will health care be different in the next century?
A. No. But if you call right now, you might get an appointment
by then.


  1. ROFLMHO!!!  Ain't it the truth????? Ain't it the truth???????

  2. Excellent! and How appropriate!.....I just had a plumber come out to the house to fix a clogged drain.....he spent all of 5 minutes and then asked for 100 bucks! "100 bucks!" I exclaimed...... "My Brother is a Brain surgeon and doesn't make that kind of money!"....."I know", smiled the plumber...."I didn't make that kind of money either when I was a brain surgeon, that's why I took up plumbing!"

    Many Drs. that I have have known, have closed up shop....or, have scaled down their practice and accept payment for services can file with your insurance.

    Interesting Post!    Marc :)

  3. OH this is pretty dang close I tell you

  4. So true and too funny!!

  5. Hey...How are you? I'm Sara and used to have my journal under Swtnsassy76
    well I lost that name and everything with it...but I have an aim Candlefreak76 and an aim email Pepsidrinker76 plus my new journal's issues
    I do have to agree with you on those HMOS my mom is under that type of plan and it sucks. Me, kids yes have governemt insurance and mostly dont have to pay a cent outta my pocket but it can be a pain too with referrals,etc and doctors today just dont care about what you have too say or what your problem is like they need the money uh? I'm always looking for a new family doctor. Oh I just love your cat hes beatuiful and guarding that catnip is just too funny. My old cats used to love that stuff but our only cat now is old and isnt much fun...Well come visit my journal whenever you have the time and I hope to keep in touch with ya have a good day take care. Sara

  6. Too funny!


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