Today I went with my husband to his lab follow up and sat with his Doctor while he spent most of our time typing on his computer. He reviewed his lab work, asked a few questions and of course the over 50 question is a colonoscapy. "I have to ask" he said "because they audit me and if I haven't asked, I can get in trouble." He said he has to note if we accept or decline the test.
So the discussion continued down a scary road. He said he was talking to one of his Heart Specialist friends who says she knows that so many people cannot afford the treatments she knows are best because the insurance companies won't cover them. So her patient files are filled with "Patient declines treatment" because it's not covered and they cannot afford things.
He went on to explain how he has become so disheartened by it all and he knows he should be treating his patients, but he can't because it won't get reimbursed or paid for. This was so sad to hear coming from his own mouth. I could see it in his eyes.
Has your care or quality of care changed this year? Before, lots of the stories were in the news, now they are becoming personal. I am just curious about the good and bad that may be happening to our members here.
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