Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh, so kind! Except not.

Two emails I received today from the doctor's office:

from: Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist's [Clearly not specialists in grammar- Ed.]
date: Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 2:56 PM
subject: Loss of Insurance - Preventative visit offer

Dear Valued Patient,
Working in partnership with our patients has always been part of our mission. In these difficult economic times, the need for that partnership is even more apparent. Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists is taking a step to acknowledge the current state of our economy and increasing numbers of uninsured women. For 2009, Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists will be offering a low-cost preventive GYN visit to current established patients who have lost their insurance coverage. Our physicians have agreed to donate the entire cost of their visit fee. Women will receive a free pap smear and other preventive labs at a reduced fee. We are pleased to be able to take this step in helping our patients stay up to date with their important preventive care. Preserving health through prevention is a cornerstone of our practice. Please call our Edina office at or our Burnsville office at for more information.

Yours Sincerely,
Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists

"Well, that's awfully nice of them," I thought. "I still have insurance, but good to know." Fifteen minutes later, I received the following:

from: Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist's
date: Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM
subject: Recall: Loss of Insurance - Preventative visit offer

Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist's would like to recall the message, "Loss of Insurance - Preventative visit offer".

This is the same doctor's office that sent me the results of my last pap smear in a letter that said - and I don't remember exactly, but it was short so this is really close -

Dear Kate:
Your pap smear was abnormal. It is not cancerous or precancerous.

Dr. So-and-so

I am less and less confident in this doctor's office.