Health Care…An Oxymoron

I am so sick of doctors.

I’m sick of rejected insurance claims.

I’m sick of women called Carmen who say after you’ve held on the line for 20 minutes, “It’s okay honey, it happens…all the time.  They put it in wrong…but if they wannna get paid they’ll fix it.”

“But they’re professional billers who are suppose to know what they’re doing.”

“Yeah well, you know how it is.  Things slip through the cracks.”

“While I’ve got you on the phone Carmen, do you happen to have any by any chance…crack that is.”

I want to scream at the ensuing sloppiness of health care.

I’d like to burn down the hospitals who practically take your organs by force to pay for unacceptable treatment in an ER after midnight taking advantage of you along with the hour.

While I’m ranting, let’s toss in bedside manner that appears to be a dying art, pun intended.  Are doctors and nurses so jaded they forget the average patient is just a little scared?

I was appalled at what celebrity chef Sandra Lee’s doctor said to her after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Are you sitting down?  “You’re like a ticking time bomb,” he said, which is why she’s opting for a double mastectomy rather than 6-8 weeks of daily radiation so she never has to go through it again including such insensitivity.  I think comparing her to a bomb wasn’t the most tactful, compassionate remark to make and then, as a tag he adds, “You’re a poster girl for early mammography.”

Let’s invite him to our next Christmas party, shall we?  We can hang lights on him then push him towards the nearest circuit breaker.

I just had my cute little neurologist tell me I need a psychiatrist because I am just too rattled by the 85 tests I’ve just had still inconclusive. Gee Doc, can you recommend anyone?  How bout I just check into the nearest nut house till the next test.  At least you’ll know where to find me. But if you could intervene, I’m not too thrilled having to hand over my Tiffany belt.

They treat you like meat and wonder why you’re just little shaky.


What did you say…it’s out to lunch?

That would be if we were lucky.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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26 Responses to Health Care…An Oxymoron

  1. No… I think they’re out at their golf game. But, they’ll probably have a lunch there… a real good one too! :O)


  2. It’s horrible!!!! Right after I had my son I became very sick. I developed a weird painful rash on head and forehead. I went to a dermatologist, who looked exactly like Uncle Fester. His diagnosis “looks like you have a fat rash … you’re fat.” Now, considering I just gave birth 3 weeks early to an 8.5. pound HUMAN I think I was entitled to be “fat.” I left stunned. That was literally his diagnosis. I was scared, young, hormonal and hysterical. Turns out I had Lyme Disease and that was the bulls-eye!
    Where the FUCK is Dr. Marcus Welby, MD!!??


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    When there are no answers, I can certainly understand it would be extremely frustrating. But when the caregivers don’t seem to care is beyond unacceptable. Our group of family physicians here in upstate NY are very compassionate. If only you could have the benefits of life in NYC without the deficits.


    • They’re are exceptions, I know that. I had the loveliest ENT I just lost changing insurances. He was the kindest man. My new one has hair like a Breck girl and the demeanor of a lap dancer. It took everything I had not to stuff a 20 into his pants pocket.


  4. micklively says:

    Our NHS is far from perfect but the USA sounds Dickensian in comparison. Why don’t you move to a civilised country?


  5. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    What a great rant ! So true, and we have Obamacare to thank for a lot of it. Don’t worry it can only get worse !


  6. I think the most frustrating part is no conclusive answer. I went for 6 years with chronic appendicitis only they didn’t know it. I would get painful attacks which went away in about 6 to 8 hours. The docs would never see the attack. Then I found a doctor who gave me a choice. He wanted to do an exploratory surgery (this was back in the days before MRIs and CAT scans, they just opened you up to have a look). Fortunately, the plan was to start with my appendix and that’s where it was so I didn’t get the smiley face scar across my abdomen. Attacks went away. Six freaking years of pain! I am hoping that they find your answer soon so you don’t have to call Carmen. Unfortunately, all of us have a Carmen in our health care issues. I am wishing you the best because you deserve it.


    • That sounds awful Kate and scary. I feel like such a lab rat expected to be so patient with a little charm tossed in. They are so cold and clueless. Carmen is all warm and fuzzy in comparison with my doctors. What they’d like is a Stepford patient without feelings.


  7. Elle Knowles says:

    Yes, Susannah, I believe it can only get worse. It took me about five days to get someone to answer the phone last month when I was trying to get a prescription refilled for Andrew. I kid you not! When I had gotten an answer twice before of voicemail and left my number for them to call me back I got no response. When I asked them if there was something wrong with their phone system they said I was the only one who had complained. I seriously do not believe that. Elle


    • I remember when this happened. You were so upset. It’s turned into such a racket…our health care system. I so wish we didn’t have to participate. I called a doctor today I really like who’s vanished…eaten up by one of the big hospitals. Couldn’t even get him on the phone. I used to go into his small office without even an appointment, like he was Marcus Welby. Now he’s buried underground with the rest of the I don’t care group.

      Another good, old-fashioned doctor bites the dust.

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