Two doctors and an HMO manager die and line up together at the Pearly Gates. One doctor steps forward and tells St. Peter, “As a pediatric surgeon, I saved hundreds of children.” St. Peter lets him enter.

The next doctor says, “As a psychiatrist, I helped thousands of people live better lives.” St. Peter tells him to go ahead.

The last man says, “I was an HMO manager. I got countless families cost-effective health care.”

St. Peter replies, “You may enter. But,” he adds, “you can only stay for three days. After that, you can go to hell.”

Vocabulary Help

  • better lives – vidas melhores
  • countless – incontáveis
  • health care – cuidado com a saúde
  • hell – inferno
  • HMO – Health Maintenance Organization – Organização de Manutenção da Saúde
  • Pearly Gates – Portal do Paraíso
  • reply – responder
  • save – salvar
  • step forward – dar um passo à frente
  • thousands – milhares
  • together – juntos
  • you can only stay for three days – você só pode ficar três dias