I fear I have become a one-issue voter. My issue? Health insurance.
Surely there's got to be a better way to do health insurance, from a country that is so technologically-sophisticated, and customer-service orientated.
This always happens:
1-I go to the dentist/gynecologist/doctor once a year.
2-I work with the medical office to ensure that my paperwork is accurate and up-to-date.
3-I pay the entire bill. My insurance promises to reimburse the allowable fees. That still leaves with having to pay $538.20 that day, of which $300 will be covered by my health insurance and $248.20 (I sometimes really wonder why I am paying $150 per month and yet still have to shell out $250 out of my own pocket).
4-I go home feeling healthy, yet disgruntled at having had to wait 1 hour to see the dentist/gyncologist/doctor, when I arrived perfectly on time.
5-Three months later, I still haven't been reimbursed the $300.
6-I call the insurance company. They tell me that my dentist/gynecologist/doctor hasn't submitted the claim.
7-I call my dentist/gynecologist/doctor. The office tells me that they did. In fact, they sent the claim months ago. The office is annoyed, but sends the paperwork again.
8-I wait another month until reimbursement.
Can you imagine if you had 3 kids, which means three times as many appointments, and just a 1/3 of the time to follow-up with all of these? What if you were a cashier at Giant on your feet all day, then had to rush to school to pick up the kids at 4 pm, then spent all your evening cooking, checking homework, giving baths, and doing laundry. It's impossible!
No wonder people are reluctant to go to the doctor's.
Whichever candidate proposes to streamline and simplify the process, gets my vote in November 2008.