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All that stuff that the grandparents forward….

Medical Advice Desk

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Q. What does HMO stand for?

A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, “HEY MOE.” Its roots go
back to a concept pioneered by Moe of the Three Stooges, who
discovered that a patient could be made to forget about the pain in
his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eyes.

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Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor
I want?

A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your
insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the
plan. These doctors basically fall into two categories — those who
are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but
are no longer participating in the plan. But don’t worry; the remaining
doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an
office just a half-day’s drive away and has a diploma from a Third
World Country.

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Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?

A. No. Only those you need.

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Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?

A. Certainly, as long as they don’t require any treatment.

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Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?

A. You’ll need to find alternative forms of payment.

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Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name
brand. I tried the Generic Medication, but it gave me a stomach ache.
What should I do?

A. Poke yourself in the eye.

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Q. What if I’m away from home and I get sick?

A. You really shouldn’t do that.

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Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can
handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart
transplant right in his office?

A. Hard to say, but considering that all you’re risking is the $15 co-
payment, there’s no harm in giving him a shot at it.

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Q. Will health care be different in the next century?

A. No. But if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.

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