January 05, 2012

SAVING THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY

I had a D&C today.  I took the meds last week and they didn't work.


Back in 2008, when I had my second miscarriage, the doctor I saw at the military hospital counseled me on my options.  He told me that I could have another D&C but that it would "cost the taxpayers a lot of money," so might I consider taking the meds instead.

But death panels will never happen, right?  Heh.

Truthfully, his comment didn't really bother me that much because, heck, I'm the queen of trying to save the taxpayers money.  I have bought my own prenantal vitamins for the past five years.  I diligently washed every piece of plastic and metal in Germany not because I care at all about recycling but because I learned that the US government pays the country of Germany by the pound to dispose of our refuse.

And I have taken cytotec in my own home for every miscarriage since the first one, to try to save the taxpayers money.

Which is funny because, the more I think about it now, I don't really think I was saving any money at our last installation.  Follow me here on this one: the doctors on post are military personnel, which means they draw a base pay.  They don't get paid per procedure.  The doc himself doesn't get paid more to do a D&C instead of me taking the meds; the only thing that gets taken up is time.  Time is the money in the military health care system.  If I have a D&C, I take up a surgery time slot for that day.  Maybe the doc would do a different surgery.  Maybe he would do something else during that time instead if there was nothing scheduled that day.  But he would still be there at work and he would still just draw his base pay like every other soldier.  Yes, there's money being spent for the upkeep of the hospital and the anesthesia has to be paid for and so on, and I don't doubt that a D&C is just empirically more expensive than ten little pills in the comfort of your own home (i.e. lying on your back on the bathroom tile), but in some sense, it was no skin off the Army hospital's neck if I had to have a D&C.  In fact, the place was straight-up dead over the summer when I had my second one; they said doctors PCS at that time and there's nothing elective scheduled for those months, so I was the only person in there.

Anyway, I am rambling.

But now that we live elsewhere, we go to a civilian doctor.  That means the taxpayers actually do have to pay the going rate to a doctor for whatever medical choices I make.

And I do think about it.  A lot.

My husband couldn't believe that a major reason I was balking on the D&C was because of money.  Not my money; we won't have to pay for it.  But somebody has to.  And if I can save us all some collective dollars by writhing at home instead of being sterile and warm in a hospital, then I have tried to do my part for the economy.

But it doesn't seem to be working anymore.

The last time, two rounds of the meds didn't work.  This time one round did nothing at all.  My doc confirmed that there were no signs whatsoever that I looked like I was close to miscarrying.  Lump baby was hanging on as tight as JaMarcus.

So I think I'm going to start having to waste more of your and my precious tax dollars in the future and skip right to the D&Cs.

I tried.  But we're gonna have to fix the economy starting somewhere other than my uterus, I guess.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:23 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 If anyone deserves to spend the taxpayers money in order to not be writhing on the bathroom floor it is military personnel and their families!!  My heart is going out to you right now after having taken cyotec. Love and prayers to you!

Posted by: Tracey at January 05, 2012 08:57 PM (wKx+4)

2 I was told by my doctor to stop trying to save money for medicare.  She patiently explained that even though it shows the cost of the visit as $$$ they take a discount and get only  what the gov't allows anyway, which may only be $$, (or less) so stop worrying about taxpayer money! Now I'm telling you that.  Stop worrying about our money, apparently it all belongs to the gov't anyway!  And your health is important.  Your job is to raise the child you have, in the healthiest way you can. Congressmen spent billions without blinking, you can consider this just part of your husband's pay and benefits. 

Posted by: Ruth H at January 07, 2012 05:11 PM (JCV5R)

3 Wow.  This post was so informative to me.  I had no idea that this all took place.  Let me say this...if I was actually living in the States and paying taxes to them-I file but don't end up paying because it all comes out in the wash-I would GLADLY pay more so you wouldn't have to lie on your bathroom floor writhing in pain.  I think most of us would.  As strange as it sounds to say it, you completely deserve to have the D & C.  If there is ANYONE that deserves it, it would be you my friend. 

Posted by: Stacy at January 07, 2012 09:00 PM (leeJp)

4 I think there are a lot of people here who would pool together to pay any hospital bill we could to save you any more pain and discomfort in this shitty, unfair, awful situation.  I know I would.  You DESERVE to be treated in a safe, sterile, comfortable place.  I can't stand the thought of you having to endure all this laying on your bathroom tile.    

Posted by: Val at January 10, 2012 12:50 AM (glAPF)

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