Rambling Musings After a Visit to the Women’s Health Center

July 19, 2021

Rambling Musings After a Visit to the Women’s Health Center


Famous Females

What do Rosa Parks, Helen Keller and Jennifer Lopez have in common?

They’re all on lockers in a women’s health center in Tomball, Texas.

Getting a mammogram is not my favorite thing (it feels like they’re trying to stuff a whole loaf of Wonderbread into a Campbell’s soup can), but these lockers where you leave the clothes while your parts get manhandled (actually, womanhandled) always make me smile. The ladies currently on the lockers are:

  • Helen Keller
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Rosa Parks
  • Queen Latifah
  • Princess Diana
  • Maya Angelou
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Julia Child
  • Mother Theresa
  • Jackie Kennedy

Last November (when I took the pic), I was Maya Angelou. For this most recent visit, I chose Julia Child.

Image by Paul Child, from PBS

What I like about this whimsy is that it gives you something to think about during the exam; Maya Angelou’s poetry, Julia Child’s recipes, accent and wonderful show on PBS, Queen Latifah’s music, etc. I’m going to be Rosa Parks when I go back in November, and I’ll think about her incredible legacy.

I mentioned how much I appreciate the personalization of the locker experience to the ultrasound technician and sadly, she said that they get lots of complaints about the choices: “I wouldn’t put my clothes in THAT locker.”

Hmmmmm. I didn’t ask which names create this angst. I will next time.

Flagrant Fees

The fee for last week’s ultrasound, which took less than 20 minutes, was $3,795. But most of that was marked as “Insurance Discount”.

The amount on the line called “Patient Responsibility” was only $219.98.

The number next to “Insurance Responsibility” was a whopping… $0.

So for a procedure that supposedly costs $3,795, the only amount paid was my $219.

I wonder what the charge would be for someone without insurance, or with insurance that isn’t from one of the big companies and provided by their employer?

The whole $3,795? Somewhere in between? Some other kind of fee structure altogether?

Medical fees are an inexplicable shell game, and highlight one of the big inequities of our time.

Fleeting Images

My last comments on this rambling post are about the ultrasound images. That’s my picture below.

When you’re watching live results during an ultrasound, the images move and sway in an almost hypnotizing way (unless you’re thinking of Julia Child dropping a chicken). Even in a still shot, I think breast tissue on a sonogram screen looks like an ocean in a storm, or maybe a map of mountains. What do you think?

Oh, and by the way, all my results were good. 😊

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