When you go to the doctor, there’s a medical code that determines how your treatment gets billed. Getting treated for urban rabies? Well, that’s distinct from woods-based sylvatic rabies, and your invoice will reflect that. Until today, the system in the US was the same one we used in the 1970s. But there’s a new catalog of ailments, and some of it is weird as hell.
Doctors in the US will now bill according to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The updated code is an exhaustive malady roadmap for medical billing. Some of it is the same as the old code—a horrifying array of fevers and motorcycle collision injuries. But now there are 68,000 new and oddly specific ways to describe how screwed your health is.
Here are some of the strangest entires in ICD-10:
Imagine getting sucked into a jet engine and surviving, only to be sucked into a jet engine again. Get off the tarmac already. [Update: Commenters pointed out that “subsequent encounter” means it’s the second time a doctor saw a patient, which makes a LOT more sense.]
Not sure how you’d fall into a bucket in the first place, let alone repeatedly, but let’s assume this is a circus-based injury?
Nothing worse than an unspecific spacecraft accident. Much more annoying than specific ones.
You should leave the petting zoo at this point.
T71.231D Asphyxiation due to being trapped in a (discarded) refrigerator, accidental, subsequent encounter
ICD-10 does a terrific job of cornering the “recurring nightmare horror plot” genre of injury.
Finally, proof blogging is hazardous.
This is a disease most often found in cannibals.
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