So, I resign myself to getting my ailments taken care of. Sadly, I must visit our lack-luster Gove Health Center on campus. (I do this only after I speak to the billing department and the repeatedly reassure me that my crappy student health insurance covers all on-campus medical expenses, and I will pay nothing out of pocket.) I find solace in knowing that I only need to go to campus health for a referral, and my well-being is not in their care.
So I call them up.
"Hello. Student Health Services."
"Hi. I need to make an appointment."
"What is the problem?"
"I think I have an ulcer, and my ear has hurt for a few weeks now."
"So, you would like to make two appointments?"
"No. I would like to make one."
"Oh, I'm sorry. You can only be seen by the doctor (we all know that the person who sees me will be a glorified nursing student) for one issue at a time."
"Well, I'm a full-time student, and I have a full-time job. I don't have the time for two separate appointments."
"I understand, but it is our policy (this means that they can scam my crappy insurance for more money. i.e. more office visits=more fees for reimbursement). Now, what would you like to schedule first?"
"Whatever. My stomach."
"How does tomorrow look?"
"I'm on campus at 8."
"How does 8:20 work?"
Well,obviously. I said I was on campus at 8. "Good."
She asks for all of my information and then says, "And when would you like to schedule your other appointment?"
"I wouldn't. Goodbye."
Part of me (a large part at that) wants to totally bail on tomorrow's appointment. Without calling, of course. We'll see how the ole' tum-tum feels in the AM.
God - I pray that I find reasonable employment with decent insurance. I've been in college for ten years now. I should be qualified for something with benefits. Amen.