(See 2 posts ago for background.) I try to limit this blog to nonpolitical musings on my health and my day-to-day experiences as a doctor, but these days, politics invades the practice of medicine all the time. In a previous post, I decried the behavior of Aetna in denying payment for patient's procedure contrary to their own written policy. Yesterday, I spoke to my patient's gastroenterologist. She had already called Aetna. It took a day of yelling at them over the phone, but they, eventually, conceded that their own policy supported paying for the procedure and went ahead and did it.
This is a shining example of why Robamney Care is a crock. Aetna just wasted hours of a highly-trained specialist's time. The doctor will have to charge everyone else more to make up for the time lost haggling with a moron, and the system will lose the benefit of several hours of expertise. Insurance companies are not designed to save money for the system. They are designed to save money for themselves whether they lower or INCREASE costs to the system. They are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem!