Thursday, June 26, 2008

Doctors, Just Do What They Say?

I went to the dentist today.  Unlike some people, not a huge fan of the dentist.  Today was a prime example of why I am not.  I've had a number of cavities in my life and it appears that its time to redo some of those fillings, so I'm going back next week to go take care of it.

Here is the thing though.  I am just doing whatever it is they tell me I need to do.  It's not cheap.  It will cost me out of pocket about $350.  Lucky for my, this is coming out of money I still have in my HSA from Microsoft, so in reality, I'm not really paying for it, but that isn't the point.  I could imagine for a lot of people, spending $350 when nothing is obviously wrong would be a very difficult thing to do.

So what do most people do in this situation?  Would they just spend the money and get everything fixed or would they ask a lot more questions and only do the things they absolutely had to do?  It's easy for someone like me to just do whatever is advised, but I really wonder what people do when they have to make choices about their health.


  1. It's not covered through your insurance?

  2. Dentists are only 1 step above serial killers. Often they are both. Do not trust them, and certainly do not give them your money.

  3. Some of it is. Not all of it. Even at MS, which has some of the best insurance in the world, not all of it was covered.