Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Notional Loss – A Story

After hearing a debate on the 7th Central Pay Commission (7CPC) announced today – which seems to have dissatisfied many employees – I remembered this story.

Why did I remember this story...?

Read the story – and you figure it out...

Theory of Notional Loss
A Spoof

One day – a man went to visit a patient in hospital.

The patient was his office colleague convalescing in hospital after heart surgery – following a massive heart attack.

Fascinated by the sophisticated and luxurious facilities in the hospital – the man asked his recuperating friend how much the heart surgery had cost him. 

“Over five lakhs,” the patient said.

“My God – that’s expensive. How can you afford it...?”

“Medical Reimbursement...” the patient said.

“Medical Reimbursement...? Does that mean that you don’t have to pay any money for all this medical treatment...?”

“Of course I don’t have to pay from my own pocket – they pay everything. That is why I joined the medical health insurance scheme. All office staff are members of this scheme – you too are a member – aren’t you...? So even if you have a heart surgery  they will pay everything.”

“Really...? Is it true. If I have a heart attack right here – here and now – will they will pay for all my treatment...?” the man asked.

“Of course they will pay. You are a member of the health insurance scheme. You are entitled all medical treatment – just like me...” the patient said.

For some time – the man kept brooding – and he appeared to be in low spirits. 

Then – he suddenly started shouting in the hospital: 

“I want to have a heart attack  I want to have a heart attack...”

Everyone was stunned by his strange behaviour. 

Doctors tried to calm him down.

But – the man kept on screaming loudly: 

“I want to have a heart attack  I want to have a heart attack... 

So – they evicted him from the hospital.

Later when he had cooled down – his wife and his friends asked him the reason for his crazy behaviour in the hospital.

“I have lost 5 Lakh Rupees...!” the man said.

“You have lost 5 lakh Rupees...? Where...? How did you lose Five Lakhs Rupees...?” they all asked

“I lost 5 lakh rupees worth of medical reimbursement just because I did not have a heart attack. That is why I want to have a heart attack. So I will get 5 lakh rupees for a heart surgery and medical treatment which is my due...” the man said.

And then – he started shouting again: 

“I want to have a heart attack  I want to have a heart attack...

Soon – the man became crazy. 

So – they admitted him into the psychiatric ward for treatment.

Of course  though he had gone crazy – he would receive medical reimbursement for the cost of psychiatric treatment.

So – at last  he had got pyrrhic justice.

The notional loss he had suffered because he had not had a heart attack  would now be mitigated to some extent because he had gone crazy...! 

Yes – he had suffered a notional loss because he did not have a heart attack.

But now – since he had gone insane – he would make good at least a part of the notional loss he had suffered – since he would be reimbursed the cost of psychiatric treatment.

Look back on your life – have you suffered such notional losses too...?

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