Poemdog

Dogs 2018

MEDICAL ENDURANCE
(8/27/18)

the bill
arrives
in the mail

quite
the significant
price tag

I notice
that the procedure
was not filed
with my
insurance company

so I contact
the lab

ask them
to please submit
according
to my policy

hoping
for a few dollars
of savings
at any rate

a month
and a half
later
a new charge
shows up

60% higher
than the
last

"we're sorry
Mr. Boll

but the private pay
discounts
no longer apply"

I am
being
punished
for not playing
along

for not
paying along
with the original
astronomical
amount

"we're sorry

once filed
we are under
contract
to process
at the new
amount"

I wonder
if they pocket
the whole
increase

or if
there's some
50/50 split
with my
insurer

I picture
two questionable
characters
in some dark
alleyway

slouched

smoking

laughing
as they divvy
a wad
of bills

"free cash"

one says

they shake
their heads

still chuckling

walking away
in separate
directions

to spend
my money