Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Out of Network

Last patients today: a husband and wife with an infant under six months of age for their H1N1 shots.

Wife: "Can I ask you a question?"

Sure, why not. Turns out her neck had been bothering her for a week or so. Nothing much to get excited about (nor was there much to do for it), but I rubbed it for a few moments with moderate relief. She sighed and said, "Can you please write a prescription for my husband to do that for five minutes every night?"

Husband's response: "I don't take your insurance."


At Wed Dec 23, 03:13:00 PM, Blogger Shelby said...


At Wed Dec 23, 03:53:00 PM, Blogger rlbates said...


At Wed Dec 23, 05:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He must be an HMO executive.

At Thu Dec 24, 12:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has to pay out-of-pocket for that?

Good thing they're married, or else that would be illegal (unless he's a licensed massage therapist).

Or is the fact that they're married irrelevant, and it's still illegal?

I can't imagine that your local police dept. has anything more important to do than investigate this, so you should think of calling it to their attention.

Be a good citizen.


Kensington MD

At Mon Dec 28, 12:19:00 AM, Blogger StorytellERdoc said...

LOL...Of course, she's lucky he doesn't charge her double for being family! A massage always feels better from a stranger anyway...

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

At Wed Dec 30, 12:18:00 PM, Blogger WolverineDoc said...

all the more reason to promote universal health care. It protects families!

At Sun Jan 03, 02:11:00 AM, Blogger LAR said...


At Tue Jan 05, 02:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well then.. methinks her neck pain will make it impossible for 'conjugal relations' - so to speak. and forget any of the 'specials'.


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