Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just Something Personal...

So, I'm between jobs right now.  I've been having some health issues too.  My upper back is always hurting, I have a hard time breathing occasionally, and a hard time swallowing occasionally.  Yesterday it got real bad so I went to Urgent Care at the advice of a friend.

The Urgent had a 100% female staff.  The main doctor (or CNA or whatever).  Was talking abnormally loud and said all they can do at urgent care is test for strep and mono.  Chest x-rays take a few days to develop.
She shouted, "what is it you expect to happen here sir".

I calmly replied, "well, it'd be cool if you could run some tests and determine what's causing all this...".

After telling her that it's not normal for somebody to be lying in bed half the day gasping for air, she sent me to the ER.

Now, about being in between jobs... I called the government health insurance line, and I THOUGHT I was getting insurance that covered urgent care and ER.  Boy was I wrong.

Anyway, at the ER I started feeling really bad, like I was going to blackout, but I toughed through it.

They drew blood, and took a chest xray.  Both came back negative for whatever they were testing for.

I was sweating profusely at this point.

The doctor came in (a woman) and gave me a lecture about acid reflux, and how that was probably causing the burning sensation in my esophagus.

I said, "I never said anything about a burning in my esophagus."

The doctor just stared at me and began talking over me.

I looked at my friend and said, "did I say my esophagus burned!?"

"No, you didn't."

The doctor actually registered that and said, "well, we can keep you here for further observation."

I wasn't sure if my insurance would cover that, so I opted to go home.  At home, I suffered through back pains and labored breathing.

Today, I discovered that my insurance did not cover ER visits.  I imagine the bill will be about 7000 to 10000 USD.  Something I definitely CANNOT AFFORD.

When I spoke to the sales agent (before all this happened - like back in May, another woman - crystal) for insurance I stated I just wanted urgent care and ER  visits covered.

Pain is a little better today, but this usually acts up about 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

I was told at the ER to make a follow up with my regular doctor.  Because of my insurance changing I can't, and all the alternative doctors are all women, and all physician's assistants are also all women.

Why does it cost like 1000 USD to flip a switch on an x-ray machine?

Why does it cost like 1000USD to draw blood from somebody?

Why are any medical costs like 1000s of USD when the procedures seem quite trivial?

Why are there so many women in the medical field?

I tried googling these questions and instead of answers, I simply got, "yes it does cost a lot".

I also google things like "complain about insurance carrier", "file complaint against medical insurance" etc...

Google revealed to me sites that would help me sign up for insurance...  what I did back in may...

I just don't get it.  It seems like most insurance companies are scams, and doctors are worthless...  and these places are nearly 80% women at this point too.  The doctors, the nurses, the receptionists, the insurance agents, the phone solicitors.

Am I imagining all this?