Monday, October 01, 2012
Do you ever call your plan's nurse line?
“You will have to come in.”
Well, your health plan probably has a number where you can talk to a registered nurse even in the middle of the night.
I have dug out this number recently and used it to good effect. This is a real service. Recently, I had what I think was a med reaction—have been punk for 2 weeks. Just today am feeling somewhat more normal and not walking into walls.
The plan nurse even called me to see how I was doing. When is the last time your doctor did that? Sure, the plans want to keep costs down—but I also don’t want to slog to a doctor for no reason, so we agree.
I also think pharmacists are useful sources of information—they pick up the phone.
No—these people are not doctors. You may indeed need to go to the doctor. But it can be a useful first step.
Think about it.
PS--Donna at SCAN, no, I do not visualize you as this picture.