Monday, April 23, 2012

Mobile HangoveRx [UPDATED!]

From the "Finding New Health Care Markets" Department:

"Dalia ... was one of the first patients on the rollout day of a mobile treatment center for tourists who spent the night before drinking ... For a fee, they get a quick morning-after way to rehydrate, rejuvenate and resume their revelry."

Sure beats a Cuppa Joe or a 5-Hour Energy, right?

Well, it better: for almost $100 a pop, "patients" get a "basic IV of saline solution, B vitamins and vitamin C." Another $60 gets a second bag of the magic potion. Door-to-door service is also available (for a fee).

That potion, by the way, also includes a pain-killer and anti-nausea meds.

The service does have certain rules: no alcohol within two hours of treatment, and no service to folks who are still inebriated. Walk-ins and pregnant folks aren't welcome, either.

According to their website, they don't take insurance (and apparently aren't in any PPO networks). One wonders, of course, if the treatment is eligible under HSA, FSA or HRA plans [see update below].

The service is currently available only in Vegas, but who knows: next stop, Atlantic City?

UPDATE: Well, according to my gurus of all things 213d (FSA/HSA/HRA):

"A hangover isn't a medical condition.....generally speaking, FSA/HSA eligible expenses must be for the cure and/or mitigation of a disease or medical condition."

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