Ain’t That Rich?

29 Jan

In dire economic times, professionals may employ downright crazy strategies to save (steal) money.

A penny saved is worth five to fifteen in the slammer.

According to the Associated Press, 1-24-12:

“A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals. Authorities say instead of stainless steel posts for root canals, he used sections of paper clips — which can cause pain and even infection — in an effort to save money.”

Root canal is bad enough… without your endodontist cutting (no pun, ouch) corners in such a tawdry fashion. Instead…

Couldn’t he have just cancelled some of those swanky magazine subscriptions in his office?

Or sell the flat screen TV in the waiting room? Not necessary!  Nobody’s looking at it. Everybody has their head up focused on their cell phones.

Maybe cut down on the annoying muzak in the examining rooms? Man, we’re nervous enough.

Wax his own damn moustache?

This won't hurt a bit!

Not pick up the tab for his perky, big boobed receptionist’s weekly manicures?

Engage in some serious extreme couponing like everyone else?

Oy, I wonder…  Did he also recycle the bloody gauze from patients’ mouths?

Did he instruct his patients to bring their own water to rinse?

Stock up on his instruments from this guy?

If you’d like to indulge your paranoia over dentists, check these entertaining gems out:

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7 Responses to “Ain’t That Rich?”

  1. stupidassquestions January 29, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    All I can say is O M G!!!!!!!!!!

  2. molly campbell January 29, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Omg, my mouth hurts. I have heard of fixing your Volkswagen with a paper clip, but not your tooth. But that pic does remind me that I have been asking for a metal detector for Christmas for the last ten years, and no one in my family will get me one. I just feel that there is a diamond ring or gold nugget out there in my back yard, just waiting to be discovered. And my dog and I need something to do–a new hobby. LOL xo

    • BARB BEST February 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      I’m told that the metal detector is great for finding cell phones. It’s basically fishing.

  3. Dana Leipold (@me_randomchick) January 31, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I’m canceling my root canal appointment right now.


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