In view of the recent discussion of managed care, I thought the group
might be interested its applicability to other areas of human endeavor.
Guy H. Haskell, Ph.D., REMT-P
Egleston Children's Hospital at
Atlanta, GA 30322
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If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving probably isn't for you.
Welcome to Managed Friendship, a whole new way of thinking about friends
and relationships. The Managed Friendship Plan (MFP) combines all the
advantages of a traditional friendship network with important cost-saving
How Does It Work?
Under the Plan, you choose your friends from a network of pre-screened
accredited Friendship Providers (FPs). All your friendship needs are met
by members of your Managed Friendship Staff.
What's Wrong with my Current Friends?
If you're like most people, you are receiving friendship services from a
network of providers haphazardly patched together from your old
neighborhoods, jobs, and schools. The result is often costly duplication,
inefficiency, and conflict. Many of your current friendsmay not meet
national standards, responding to your needs with inappropriate, outmoded,
or even experimental acts of friendship. Under Managed Friendship, your
friendship needs are coordinated by your designated Best Friend, who will
ensure the quality and goodness of fit of all your friendly relationships.
How Do I Know That the Plan's Panel of Friends Is Not Made Up of a Bunch of
Losers Who Can't Make Friends on Their Own?
Many of today's most dedicated and highly trained Friendship Providers are
as concerned as we are about delivering Quality Friendship in a
cost-effective manner. They have joined our network because they want to
focus on acting like a friend rather than doing the paperwork and paying
the high bad-friendship premiums that have caused the cost of traditional
friendship to skyrocket. Our Friendship Providers have met our rigorous
standards of companionship and loyalty.
What If I Need a Special Friend, Say, for Poker or Fishing?
Special Friends are responsible for most of the unnecessary and expensive
activities that burden already costly relationships. Under the Managed
Friendship Plan, your Best Friend is qualified to pre-approve your referral
to a Special Friend within the Managed Friendship Network should your needs
fall outside of the scope of his/her friendship.
Suppose I Want to See Friends Outside the Managed Friendship Network?
You may make friends outside of the Managed Friendship Network only in the
event of a Friendship Emergency.
What is a Friendship Emergency?
The Managed Friendship Plan covers your friendship needs 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, even if you need a friend out of town, after regular
business hours, or when your Best Friend is with someone else.
You might be on a business trip, for instance, and suddenly find that you
feel lonely. In such cases, you may make a New Friend, and all approved
friendly activities will be covered under the Plan, provided you notify the
Managed Friendship Office (or 24-hour Friendship Hotline) within two
What Friendly Activities Are Covered Under the Plan?
Friendly Activities that are typically covered include:
- Agreeing with you
- Appearing sympathetic
- Chewing the fat
- Dropping by
- Feeling your pain
- Hanging out
- Holding your hand (up to 5 minutes per activity)*
- Kidding around
- Listening to you whine
- Passing the time
- Patting your back
- Sharing a meal
- Shooting the breeze
- Slinging the bull
*up to 15 minutes under the Premium Gold Friendship Plan
What Friendly Activities Are Not Covered Under the Plan?
Activities that would not be pre-approved include (but are not limited
- Bar hopping
- Bending over backwards
- Drinking to excess
- Giving a hoot
- Going the extra mile
- Lending money
- Real empathy
- Sexual favors
- Truly caring
- Using illicit drugs
How Can I Find Out More About the Managed Friendship Plan?
A simple call is all it takes. If you need a friend, just call our
toll-free number. Or visit our web site. Sign up for the Managed
Friendship Plan and rest easier that all of your appropriate friendship
needs will be met.
Who Decides What's Appropriate for Me?
We do. Isn't that what friends are for?
Paul A. Werfel, NREMT-P [log in to unmask]
Director, Paramedic Program
Clinical Instructor of Health Sciences
Health Science Center Phone: 516-444-7887
SUNY at Stony Brook Fax: 516-444-3919
But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep.
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