The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, 'Hello. Mrs. Ward,
'Mrs. Ward, this is Doctor Jones at the Medical Testing Laboratory.
When your doctor sent your husband's biopsy to the lab yesterday, a biopsy
from another Mr. Ward arrived as well, and we are now uncertain which
one is your husband's. Frankly the results are either bad or terrible.'
'What do you mean?' asked Mrs. Ward nervously.
'Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the
other one tested positive for AIDS. We can't tell which is your husband's.'
'That's dreadful! Can't you do the test again? asked Mrs. Ward.
'Normally we could, but Medicare will only pay for these expensive
tests one time.'
'Well, what am I supposed to do now?' asked Mrs. Ward.
'The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off
somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep
How's that for lowering the cost of healthcare in America???