I just got a letter from my health insurance company telling me that my primary physician was leaving their network and that I had been assigned to a new doctor.  I wasn’t particularly attached to my first doctor, but I’m still wondering if this switch is “normal” with all healthcare these days, or more frequent because of the state-subsidised, safety-net style health insurance that I have. Should I be happy that the informed me of the switch and that I didn’t have to do anything to find a new doctor, or should I feel tossed around by the system?

On another health care note, I wanted to give a shout out to Ayada who commented, “no dental care = no insurance.”  I completely agree with this.  I can imagine that for a lot of people, their dental health poses more pain and nervousness in their life than other health issues.  This makes me wonder, what should the baseline for healthcare in this country be?  To me, it’s whatever care it takes to make someone feel safe, comfortable, and dignified.