Monday, June 25, 2007

We will pay for your erection!

Sometimes a conversation that you are standing on the sidelines of is just too good not to perk up your ears and take notice of.

Today was a great example of one of those conversations.

A woman at my office was perturbed to say the least about the cost of her birth control pills. Unlike other prescriptions where the co-pay is a measly $7, the cost of preventing a pregnancy runs just shy of twice that on a monthly basis. That, to her, seemed far short of fair being that most insurance plans will cover the cost of a guy getting a rock-hard erection via his amazing Viagra so he can go off and harrass his long-suffering wife and "increase his confidence" because he can sport a stiffy solid enough to hang a wet bath towel from. I'm a bona-fide guy and even I find fault with the logic behind that.

So, with that lack of logic from insurers, it stands to reason that they would rather pay for abortions or the exorbitant cost of giving birth to a child than a tiny pill costing a few cents to prevent the tens of thousands of dollars that childbirth costs. It's great to know that the $450/month premiums paid by others covers basically nothing. Sounds fair to me!!!

And don't even get me started on the whole Viagra issue. Maybe you are just soft down there for a reason.

12 comments:

C-dell said...

great point. that is completely unfair and should really be addressed.

cathouse teri said...

I like the way you think!

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Enemy of the Republic said...

You are a friend of C-Dell. Then you are awesome. You just made me laugh my ass off. Thanks for visiting my blog. I wish to comment on another post.

Leah said...

So being a nurse, I see abuse of the system all the time. The "disabled" 45 yr old who has chronic back pain which makes him unable to work, yet takes no medication NOT EVEN TYLENOL then has to come to the hospital for what ever reason and has a drug screen positive for cocaine, meth, and pot, but not narcotic pain relievers. And who pays the bill? You and me. I choose birth control injections because it's impossible for me to reliably and correctly take daily birth control tablets when I work a million hours of overtime- days, evenings, overnights, the works. My insurance pays NONE of it, so I get stuck with the full bill. Add up all the months and it just might be more expensive than having a mental breakdown and an extended stay in the stress center. Hmmm...

Mighty Dyckerson said...

You just don't get it. We men need to have erections so we can clean the pipes every once in a while. It's medically necessary to relieve stress...or something.

choochoo said...

Well, yeah, birth control pills do cost money. Then again, not taking them could end up costing you waaaaay more in the long run.

Sornie said...

Leah, I was hoping you of all people would respond. I wonder what your take on the advice given to members of our health insurance plan to contact a nurse via phone rather than set up an appointment would be...

As for the consensus of most everyone else, the cost of the birth control (in any form) is FAR less than giving birth and less mentally taxing than an abortion (which is also covered in the co-worker's health plan).

I like Dyckerson's take that "cleaning the pipes" is necessary. You need to explain this to a lot of wives across America...

Dan said...

Is it true that most insurance companies will pay men to get erections?

Do they also reimburse those men for the cost of getting some one to take care of said erection?

Now that would be cool!

Hill said...

This has bugged me FOREVER! Birth control should be FREE for ALL who desire it.

Sorry, dudes, but if you dick doesn't work anymore, well, that's YOUR problem. Not ours. (We have toys, you know). And I sure as hell don't want to pay higher insurance premiums because you can't get a hard-on anymore!

Leah said...

So here's the deal. Yes, it is a good idea to have the nurse-call plan available. I say this simply because some people have no idea how the health care system works and think they have to go to the ER in the middle of a night for a headache before they try taking a Tylenol. The nurse is going to tell anybody who has anything even slightly suspicious to come in because it's her butt on the line if something does happen and someone gets sue-happy. Hopefully the nurse call lines just weed out the uneducated patients who use up time and resources that could have been used else where.
Also, on the whole idea of unfair spending in big picture practices- If I hurry to adopt a child out of foster care, that child is taken out of the foster care system and the burden of health care, living expenses, WIC allowances, and daycare expenses is transferred from taxpayers on to me. However, my employer, who also chose so wisely to deny me adequate birth control coverage, will not allow me to use sick pay for any court precedings or adoption related purposes and does not allow any maternity-type leave. Just giving me a few adoption related benefits would really smooth the process and open doors for others to adopt waiting children in foster care (funded by your taxpayer dollars).

Sornie said...

Leah,
It's good to hear your take on calling a nurse rather than scheduling a doctor's appointment. I, as well as most of my office, thought that with the workload nurses are foced to bear that the last thing they would want is a bunch of yahoos calling about a splinter in their finger or their 99.5 degree fever. Tweasers or a needle and Tylenol and as far as the battle to adopt and the obstacles an employer blatantly puts in front of those willing to adopt it just seems that employers need a wake-up call. Adoption does far more good than not adopting. Interesting to hear your take on these items.