The Efficient Delivery of Private Sector Health Care To The Uninsured, or How I Screwed Up My Choppers And Dr. Wasserman Saved The Day
Sherman Oaks, California
Something felt wrong in my mouth.
Tuesday evening, while eating a sandwich, I felt a pop and realized I had chipped a tooth. The next morning, I explained the situation to my dentist’s receptionist. She created a slot for me first thing Friday.
Dr. Wasserman did his thing and, after less than one hour in the chair this morning, my right mandibular central incisor had been reconstructed.
The total cost was $214 which, having opted against dental insurance, I paid in cash. The price struck me as low, considering that, along with his time and overhead, Dr. Wasserman’s expenses included an x-ray, local anesthetic and the composite material used to rebuild teeth. (He jokingly offered a choice of white or silver.)
I suffered a small but problematic injury and, within three days, received full and painless treatment which cost the equivalent of two DVD box sets.
No, I don’t want the government further nationalizing health care. Our private system is excellent in many ways.
Labels: The Phony Health Care Crisis