The Girl in Black

Se necesita una poca de gracia.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bored

Bored. Bored. Bored.

What do you do with the last twenty minutes of your lunchbreak when your lover doesn't want to talk to you on the phone, you don't feel like talking to your coworker, you've read all the internet comics you like, you've checked your horoscope, and you don't feel like shopping on the internet?

Find a primary care physician on your health insurance provider's website!

Well, I would, except that the site runs terribly slow. I have no idea why it does this, but the last time I changed PCPs it took me a good 40 minutes, and I knew the doctor I wanted to go to beforehand!

Of course, the site listed her as accepting new patients, and silly me ignored the caveat of calling ahead to verify this was still the case. So I make the switch (which you have to do before seeing any doctor that you haven't been referred to), go through the rigamarole, and call to make an appointment. But what's this? She's not taking on any new patients! What a gip! (It didn't help matters that the receptionist had an accent that prevented me from understanding her clearly. I have a serious personal problem with not being able to understand human beings when they are talking to me.)

So my new health care card arrived in the mail the other day, listing my PCP as this woman who won't see me, and now I have to go find another. Only, I haven't really had time to spend hours in front of my computer trying to figure it out. (How do you decide you want to see one doctor over another one anyway? Since I live near the hospital there are millions to choose from...)

Here's the best part, though. When you change your PCP, they ask you to choose from a list of answers as to why you want to change. One of the choices is that this doctor isn't accepting new patients!!! So they know that their system is flawed! Why can't they just fix it and make it work? Heaven forbid that I need a doctor right now. What would I do?

So, what do you do with the last twenty minutes of your lunch break? Complain in your blog about your healthcare provider, that's what.

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