[lit-ideas] Re: medical jargon

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 08:09:47 +0100

Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 4:42:37 AM, JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx wrote:

Jac> In a message dated 9/7/04 4:36:43 PM Central Daylight Time, 
Jac> judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
>> It is a really stupid design, yes. My gas stuff is insured with the
>> Gas Board so they have to sort things out, and fast, and mostly for
>> free; but not the electric stuff...

Jac> You mean whatever gas appliances you have are repaired for free by the
Jac> govt???


Jac> (Who is the Gas Board?  Do you pay a monthly premium or something??)

The Gas Board was the nationalized industry's delivery to customers
part; it remained as one of the competing groups after privatization,
I stayed with (it's now called British Gas) from inertia. The
insurance is the same as they had under nationalization; it's a
maintenance contract (monthly fee, separate from the quarterly gas
payments) for yearly servicing of the central heating plus anything
else insured (there are 2 gas fires here) and replacement of parts,
and so on.  I was going to cancel it but the heating here is really
old now and a new pump I needed was free, also the extra work that
needed to be done, that they had to charge me for, was charged by the
man who did it at less than half what it should have been - can't see
getting that from someone I called out ad hoc.

There's also an element of extortion in this contract: if your central
heating collapses in mid-winter, you get priority.

What happens there?!

Jac> Julie Krueger
Jac> daily astonished

 Judy Evans, Cardiff, UK   

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