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Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Typical University of Wisconsin cancellation of schedules, Typical United States Health Care, Typical Bullshit.

Stan and I had to switch healthcare providers at the beginning of the year because his job changed it for union employees. I had to schedule two yearly exams, one for eyes, one for...the other thing. On the day of my eye appointment, they called in the morning to reschedule because the doctor had a meeting to go to. Today, they called to reschedule my...other...appointment, which was more than a month away. While they were on the phone, I told them that I thought they only had to do the pap smear every three years or so if you're over 40 and had a negative result history. After all, I had just recently received something in the mail from them that stated that. Unfortunately, I threw the info away. They STRONGLY denied that and said I had to have one every year. My previous healthcare provider had switched to doing it every 3 years, but no, not UW healthcare.

Here is proof, however, direct from the horse's mouth, posted on UW Health's own site:

AGE 40 - 65
• Women should have a yearly pelvic exam and Pap smear done to check for cervical cancer and other disorders. If your Pap smears are negative for 3 years in a row, have your Pap smear done every 2 - 3 years.

Well, mine's been negative for freakin-ever.

Typical administration not telling the doctors or nurses or receptionists or whoever is in charge of telling ME what their correct procedures are.

I'm printing out that sheet and bringing it in with me whenever I see them. I'll probably have to cancel and reschedule a few times before then, and by then, it will be three years anyway. Typical bullshit.

I hate the UW. My and Stan's experiences there as grad students don't bode well for my future experiences there with their health care system.

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Blogger Ann said...

Well, this is a healthcare system that is associated with the UW, and you know how all those profs like to skank around with eachother and their kissass students, so they're just trying to play it safe with the general population as well, I guess.

Just a thought. Couldn't be because they don't know that what they're telling people is different from what they have in print, no, couldn't be administrative incompetence, no, not the UW.

They just have my health's best interest in mind, after all, I could've slept with some profs and become infested with some hideous disease. Yeah, that's it. Sure.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Stan said...

It sounds very stupid and I'm sorry they are messing around with your appointments and tests.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

When I take the printed-out website to UW health and shove it in their faces and say "see? here, right here, it says pap smear every three years!" I guess one could call that my "Smear Campaign."

6:09 PM  
Blogger Stan said...

How about saying, 'Here smear this'?

7:19 PM  
Blogger Dawn Marie said...

"Smear Campaign."

*snort* :p

11:16 PM  

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