I tend to ignore my paper mail, so the other day a collection agency called me.

To get $4.97.

Anyhow, I figured I’d pay some bills that I’d already been sent multiple times before I got more calls, so today I sent off a check for $7.75 and filled out a credit card slip for $19.99.

All of these bills come from my activity at the same medical office, and I’m pretty sure the same billing company handles them all, because they look identical.

You can’t tell me there aren’t some money-saving efficiencies to be found somewhere in that process.

I won’t get into the part about how there’s a doctor listed on the bill whom I never spoke to or even saw in passing.