goes to the doctor's office to collect his wife's test results.
tech says to him, "I'm sorry, sir, but there has been a bit
of a mix-up and we have a problem. When we sent the samples
from your wife to the lab, the samples from another Mrs. Smith
were sent as well, and we are now uncertain which one is your
wife's. Frankly, it is either bad or terrible!"
do you mean?"
one Mrs. Smith has tested positive for Alzheimer's and the
other for AIDS. We can't tell which is your wife."
terrible! Can we do the test over?"
yes. But you have an HMO, and they won't pay for these expensive
tests more than once."
what am I supposed to do now?"
recommends that you drop your wife off in the middle of town.
If she finds her way home, don't sleep with her."
I do not usually put jokes on my message board but this reflects
what I hear about HMO's. Most people are egnored, ridiclued,
passed off and basically neglected. I hope there are at least
a few exceptions.