My health insurance people call me yesterday and ask me if I want a free "healthcare concierge" and/or "lifestyle coach". What the devil are those, I inquire. Well, a "healthcare concierge" makes doctors/dentist appointments for you, answer questions about who to see in case you have a wart, etc. And it's a free service! Look, if some joker is being paid to do this, it's not free. It's raising the cost of my damned insurance. And if you can't dail a telephone or make an online appointment with a bone-cracker yourself, then you've got problems that a regular MD can't fix for you. A "lifestyle coach"? Oh, they call you to tell you what you're doing wrong in you're life, like eating those bon-bons when you know full well you're diabetic and shouldn't do that. Or telling you to go down and see Iggy McMuscles at the gym (which has a contract with the insurance company) so he can tell you you're an overweight disgrace and should, along with some obvious things like walking on Iggy's treadmill, go see his pal Betty Boopers at the health food store and buy whatever pointless herbs (what the heck is wheatgrass, anyway?) that Betty tells you to. Betty, meanwhile, will call Iggy and give him a date on Friday to thank him for sending her another dope to buy green leafy junk from her. Seriously, health insurance company, just pay the darn bill for the annual physical and get rid of this "free" useless service crud that drives up my insurance bill and does nothing more than employ unskilled high school dropouts that could be doing something productive like sweeping streets. Ah, now I feel much better. Nothing like a good rant. And it's free!