Saturday, August 15, 2015


Theory of Notional Loss
A Spoof

One day – the man went to visit a colleague convalescing in hospital after heart surgery – following a massive heart attack.

Fascinated by the sophisticated and luxurious facilities in the hospital – he 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 do not 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. 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 right 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.

“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...!

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

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