About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Frustrated Doctors Say Insurers Meddle in Patient Care

by VR Sreeraman on September 26, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Font : A-A+

 Frustrated Doctors Say Insurers Meddle in Patient Care

"Have you ever wondered why your doctor has you come back two or three times to complete a check-up instead of wrapping it up in one visit? Doctors candidly admit that it's about money," CNN reports.

They say insurers are to blame. Dr. Ted Epperly, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians "explained that if multiple services are administered to a patient on the same day, insurers often won't reimburse doctors for each separate treatment. Doctors don't think this is fair. While some are eating the cost of additional services rendered to patients, others are having patients come back repeatedly so they can be adequately reimbursed."

Advertisement

"Although the tension between doctors and insurers is decades old, Epperly believes it is reaching a crisis point" and says that "[d]octors are fed up with the administrative hassles and other obstacles to getting reimbursed." Paul Keckley, executive director of Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, explains that the "tests, medications, procedures that doctors prescribe are largely responsible for driving up health care costs."

He adds that little of the rising inflation is consumer-driven. Insurers often provide guidelines to doctors on what treatments may be most cost-effective based on evidence-based data. But the struggle between "a physician's clinical judgment and insurers' focus on evidence-based medicine" is a point of contention (Kavilanz, 9/25).

Source: Kaiser Health News
LIN
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge About Chromosomes?
Eating During Sunlight Hours Minimizes Mood Vulnerabilities
Know More About the Digestive System
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Eradicate Quackery, Save Lives Third Party Administrator for Claims and Cashless Health Insurance Different Medical Specialists and their Area of Medical Expertise Critical Care Insurance 

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug - Food Interactions Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Daily Calorie Requirements Blood - Sugar Chart Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug Interaction Checker Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) The Essence of Yoga Indian Medical Journals Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Frustrated Doctors Say Insurers Meddle in Patient Care Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests