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    Mrs. Ward goes to the doctor's office to collect her husband's test results. The lab tech says to her, "I'm sorry, ma'am, but there has been a bit of a mix-up and we have a problem. When we sent the samples from your husband to the lab, the samples from another Mr. Ward were sent as well and we are now uncertain which one is your husband's.

    Frankly, it is either bad or terrible."

    What do you mean?" Mrs. Ward asked.

    "Well, one Mr. Ward has tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other for AIDS. We can't tell which is your husband."

    "That's terrible! Can we do the test over?" questioned Mrs. Ward.

    "Normally, yes. But you have an HMO, and they won't pay for these expensive tests more than once."

    "Well, what am I supposed to do now?"

    "The HMO recommends that you drop your husband off in the middle of town. If he finds his way home .... don't sleep with him. "

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    Practical advice - if nothing else.

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    Misti26- The reason that the joke is so hilarious, is because it is sadly, true. I have friends who are on H.M.O.s, and every time they need to get anything done, it is a real hassle. I think that H.M.Os, instead of making medical care better, has just added on another layer of inefficient bureaucracy. The people who suffer are the patients- The stockholders are doing fine!

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    Unfortunately you are correct. I work with this insurance business every day and know only too well the havoc they cause.

    I understand there's new legislation in progress to disallow them to continue underpaying the doctors and hospitals.

    I know the general public think the doctors are raking it in, but believe me, they're not.

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    Misti - there are times i wish we had HMO's here. Not often, but when trying to sort out things when i know i'm dealing with a russian-mob-based staged accident with $10,000 in chiropractic costs incurred in 6 weeks, i wish i could say - take it to your HMO and i'll match what they pay. Evil or Very Mad


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