Saturday, April 3, 2010

House Call

So my regular readers know that I was a little sick last month. I won't bore you with the details but suffice to day that I had a nasty nasty cold that lasted over a month. I am on my second round of antibiotics and recovering. Considering the grand scheme of things, it is no big deal. I really don't want to share the boring details of my mucus and cough.

What I really want to share with you is the wonderful experience I had with my health insurance. Yes. Wonderful and health insurance in the same sentence.

I've been lucky to work in the high-tech industry and have a very decent health insurance. For years, I've had this thing called the White Glove service. I did not really know what it meant and never bothered to use it.

Then one morning, as I was coughing my lungs out, someone sent me an email about being sick and calling White Glove. That immediately got my attention and I looked into it.

Essentially, my health insurance provided a service that would give me a house call. A nurse or an assistant would come to my house and diagnose me. And give me the meds.

Since this had lasted for over a month, I immediately scheduled an appointment. 

And promptly, a nurse came to my house. And he got all these goodies that you see in the photo! A gift for me. There was more stuff but I used it up:) He checked me and gave me more antibiotics. Everything was inflamed and I was not recovering. The best part about the experience? He had all the medications in his car and promptly gave it to me.

To clarify, I am no prescription addict. But it was fabulous to have someone at my house and say, can you give me something for my nose? And my ears? I feel like caterpillars are crawling in my ears constantly. And I take cough suppressants all the time but it is getting worse and worse.

He gave me all kinds of medication to deal with this nasty stuff that I have been dealing with.

And how much did this cost me? 25 dollars. Yep. I could not believe it. I kept saying it was too good to be true. What was the catch?

Reality is that it is super expensive for the health insurance industry for people to go to an actual doctor. There is a huge amount of overhead. The nurses, the overhead, the paperwork, the facilities etc. etc. Health insurance industry finds it much cheaper to have nurses or assistant make house calls. It costs too much to the health insurance industry if I go to a doctor. Why not send someone to my house and give me same/better treatment? Win Win situation baby.

From my perspective, I love it. Anyone who delivers chicken soup when I am sick to my house deserves utmost loyalty. 

Now I am off to drink some chicken soup. What are your plans this weekend?


Jodi said...

That has to be the coolest thing I've heard in a long time! In France, they make house calls. Who knew they did it in Texas too!?!?!

Feel better my friend!!! ♥ -- If I lived closer, I'd come and help you since I'm going into the medicine field. LOL!

mythopolis said...

I am so sorry to know you have been sick for such a long time! I hope you are better soon.

Scriber's Web said...

Jodi: Isn't that the coolest? They only do this in limited cities. But I think down the road every city will have this option. I wish we lived closer. I am so jealous that you get to meet bloggy friends:)

Mythos: Aaah... I feel better now. I am back with a vengeance:)