Flash Fiction #218


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Millie finally got to see her Ophthalmologist. She looked blurry – everything did, but the doctor said that removing some cataracts would improve her sight.

On the back of her follow-up appointment card, it said, “How did we do today? Go to our web-site and complete the survey. You could win a free liposuction.”

Health Care System?? Sure! It works great if you’re a guy. Need hair replacement? Need penis enlargement? That we can do immediately. Does your wife need new eyes? That could take a while.

She figured they’d patent a cure for death about a week after her funeral.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

Friday Fictioneers

24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #218

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    The satire is brilliant with this one.

    ICU…nice word play. Hope she saw better after her cataract surgery. It works!


    • Archon's Den says:

      I know! I had my right eye done last year. I just took the wife in for her first assessment appointment – which is what sparked this FF. And surveys….?? I got an order of French fries at A & W, and had to push one of three buttons on the way out. Everybody wants my opinion – unless they don’t like it. Did you ever try to leave a 1-star review on Amazon?? 😳


  2. Rivergirl says:

    You know what always gets me about health care coverage? No dental. Are teeth not a part of our bodies.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Archon's Den says:

      I feel sorry for you Americans, and your health coverage – or lack thereof. I believe that every Canadian province has socialized dental coverage. I know that Ontario does.
      My employer shut down my plant, and put me out of work at 63. I had to take an outdoor job till I got pension at 65, but I took a GREAT medical plan with me. (Here) What the government doesn’t cover, it will.
      They don’t remove cataracts, they remove the lens, and give you a new, plastic one. The wife has astigmatism in one eye, because of a deformed retina, and needs glasses. If/when they replace her lenses, she can have a custom-made lens inserted. It’s $100. extra. We’re waiting to here if the insurance will cover it, or pay $275 every two years for new glasses. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      • Rivergirl says:

        Thankfully my husband and I have great coverage due to his retiring from the military. My full abdominal hysterectomy cost us $12. But even we don’t have dental or eye plans. It’s crazy.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m looking for a survey button on your site, – I can’t see one so perhaps I need my eyes seeing to as well

    !Here’s mine!


  4. Dear Arcon,

    I’ll have a hot apple pie with that.




  5. msjadeli says:

    Bernie Sanders has been pushing for Medicare for All for a long time. Insurance companies and Big Pharma have been dictating healthcare for too long. #Bernie2020, #FeelTheBern


  6. Don’t get me started on American healthcare. My husband’s bills for his emergency appendectomy are just coming in – thank heavens he has good insurance through his employer, so we’ll only be on the hook for $1500. The hospital alone was over $22,000, and we haven’t received any of the bills from the doctors yet.

    As for cataracts, my eye doctor tells me mine aren’t “ripe” yet, so surgery can be avoided for awhile. I hope they never ripen. I hate surgery of any kind and the idea of someone working on my eyes scares the heck out of me.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Cataract surgery is quick and easy, once you’ve steeled yourself to it – 10-15 minutes. I don’t know what to suggest if it becomes inevitable. Like British sex – lie back and think of England. 😆
      A woman goes into her dentist’s office, and complains, “I don’t know which is worse – having a tooth pulled, or delivering a baby.” The dentist replies, “Make up your mind! I have to know how to recline the chair.” 😳


  7. Dale says:

    And so it goes…


  8. James McEwan says:

    Health care,it’s the death of us all.


  9. michael1148humphris says:

    Told as it is, the lack of health provision for so many individuals is evil


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