Your Car or Your HealthFebruary 14, 2013 • By John Olsen
Last week, I had some routine repairs done to my car. The rear brakes and rotors were pretty much worn out.
The repair bill was just under $500.
I knew it was going to be expensive. I knew it wouldn’t be covered under warranty. I don’t have “health insurance” for my car that allows me to pay a $10 “co-pay” and let the insurance company take care of the rest.
Without flinching, I pulled out my debit card and paid the repair bill. I wasn’t thrilled about it, but I knew it had to be done (brakes are pretty important), and nobody else was going to pay for it. The garage certainly didn’t feel any obligation to give me a huge discount, despite the fact that brakes are such an important part of the car, and I could die if I didn’t get them fixed.
I simply paid the bill. Now I have a safe car.
So let’s change the scenario a little bit. Let’s say I need some blood testing , a tooth filled, some chiropractic work , a medication, or any number of health-related things. Paying $500 would seem OUTRAGEOUS!
My question is WHY does it seem so outrageous to have to pay $500 for healthcare-related services while replacing some parts on my car for $500 doesn’t sound so bad?
The point of this blog is simple: Your health is worth so much more than your car! So, take care of yourself, regardless of what your insurance may or may not cover!