- Step one: Panic. Feel badly about panicking because after all you have insurance and a job which puts you in a pretty good position these days in relative terms.
- Step two: Research, ad nauseum, how much more you will be spending.
- Step three: Panic as you realize that you will be paying the equivalent of a pretty pricey new car loan for the same benefits you had the previous year.
- Step four: Review your budget and see what costs you can trim.
- Step five: Panic as you realize that you can trim a little here or there but it won't add up to the amount you will now have to shell out just to be medicated.
- Step six: Think about trading in the car for some cheap piece of junk? Price pieces of junk and get depressed at the thought of having to drive one.
- Step seven: sink into a deep depression as the reality hits you that you will never have nice things; your health care costs will go up and up and you will be cutting corners and scrimping and saving forever.
- Step eight: talk to HR and see if they have any ideas.
- Step nine: Panic as you realize that they have no ideas and really just want you to go away; they don't understand what it's like to have rare disorders for which expensive medications are required.
- Step ten: Research what medications might work for your conditions that would be in category one or two.
- Step eleven: make appointments with your doctors.
- Step twelve: Look for jobs with higher salaries.
- Step thirteen: Fall into a sea of despair as you realize there isn't exactly a plethora of jobs and even if you got an offer for a good one, whose to say those health care benefits wouldn't also now be inadequate.
- Step fourteen: Review your budget again; isn't there any way to cut costs?
- Step fifteen: Panic.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Raising health care costs: Researching options
What to do after you find out that your health insurance benefits will cost more and provide you less: