HMO’s and Lemonade

HMO is an acronym for Health Maintenance Organization. In my opinion, that’s precisely what an HMO does – helps you “maintain” your health. While maintaining your health is great if you’re an overall healthy individual or if you have a manageable illness, what happens if you’re really sick?

An HMO can make the process of getting quality healthcare a true nightmare. Countless people have died while waiting for an HMO to approve a life saving surgery or to provide life saving medication. While we all know that money talks, this rings especially true with regard to hospitals and their money saving practices. It’s sad that the sick and the tired are bearing this burden, paying the price through prolonged suffering or, even more tragically, with their lives.

So, does this mean that doom and gloom is your medical destiny if you have an HMO? Maybe not. Take advantage of what your HMO has to offer. For example, your HMO may be the perfect venue for providing test results. If so, use the test results to help you take control of your own treatment plan. The old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” can apply in all aspects of life. Even healthcare.