The following was listed as a joke on a popular website for humor. It was also listed with a tag for health insurance:
Health Care Blues…
Thought I’d let my doctor check me,
‘Cause I didn’t feel quite right.
All those aches and pains annoyed me.
And I couldn’t sleep at night.
He could find no real disorder
But he wouldn’t let it rest.
What with Medicare and Blue Cross,
We would do a couple tests.
To the hospital he sent me
Though I didn’t feel that bad.
He arranged for them to give me
Every test that could be had.
I was fluoroscoped and cystoscoped,
My aging frame displayed.
Stripped, on an ice cold table,
While my gizzards were x-rayed.
I was checked for worms and parasites,
For fungus and the crud,
While they pierced me with long needles
Taking samples of my blood.
Doctors came to check me over,
Probed and pushed and poked around,
And to make sure I was living
They then wired me for sound.
They have finally concluded,
Their results have filled a page.
What I have will someday kill me;
My affliction is OLD AGE!!!
Please take note of the advertisement following this “joke”. The content is not a laughing matter for most people. It is a joke at the public expense and fodder for the legal profession.
The fact is, the physician could have told the patient initially that there is nothing wrong. All the tests are to prove to all the lawyers what the physician knew to be true in the first place.
That is why there can not be any true decrease in healthcare costs until there is a concurrent tort reform.