How Red Tape Made Me Grateful

Before I get to my main point, I’d just like to point out in disgust that virtually all the images that showed up when I searched for red tape women were of naked  women who had indigestion (or perhaps what the photographer imagined was a sexy pout) and were wrapped up with red ribbon in some kind of soft porn bondage pose. Others showed women with red tape across their mouths or tied around their (sometimes pregnant) bellies with a big presentation bow. 

I don’t intend to do a feminist deconstruction of the phenomenon; I just wanted to point out that I am appalled. These images reinforce the idea that women do not deal with the realities of day-to-day life in  21st century industrialized countries, that they are passive and that they are objects to be given as gifts. I am seriously annoyed.

Right. Enough of that.

Yet again I am faced with the problem of getting more CT scans. It is a problem because 1) the “sick fund” (the Israeli version of a health maintenance organization) to which I belong only works with one imaging center. 2) That imaging center will not accept patients who are allergic to iodine, whether or not their own physician does the prep and whether or not the test requires iodine. 3) I am allergic to iodine.

Now, I know that I could get the sick fund to send me to the imaging center that will accept me. But I also know that this would take time and would involve a lot of emails and faxes and phone calls and meetings and calmly-and-patiently-yet-firmly insisting on my rights… and, quite frankly, I don’t have the energy for all that. So I’ve decided to just pay for it out of my pocket.

How does this make me grateful?

  • The chest-abdomen-pelvis CT will cost the same as the head CT alone, and that price is much lower than you would see in the US, for example. It will cost me the equivalent of around USD 120. I am grateful we have affordable medical care.
  • I have the money to spend.
  • I have the ability to negotiate the red tape bedecked halls of the sick fund administration, and I also have the freedom to decide whether or not to do so.
  • Not only do I have the freedom to decide, but I have the ability to make the decision. I am not paralyzed by anxiety and stress.

All in all, I am grateful today.

Late news – Arrangements are all made; I’ll have the scans Monday afternoon (in three days’ time). 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Sillyman says:

    I am glad you have affordable health care. I am glad you are informed and decisive and taking aciton. May the peace and knowlege that you have bring you to ever deeper appreciation of how blessed you are this day, and may you be aware also of the blessing you are to me and so many of us in sharing your experience.

  2. Maxine D says:

    I missed this post for various reasons, so am late commenting. What a privilege to have choices, and the strength to make decisions – and to know the Peace you have.

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