RadioMD: Body Language
RadioMD: Body Language

Why Insurance Companies Question Your Prescribed Medications

August 15, 20149 min
What goes on behind the scenes when your doctor prescribes a medication for you and the insurance companies try to regulate the dosage or brand?“Dear Doctor,” the letter from the insurance company began. “We are writing to inform you that a prior authorization is required for the medication you prescribed.”What goes on behind the scenes when your doctor prescribes a medication for you and the insurance companies try to regulate the dosage or brand?Physician Danielle Ofri, MD, tells a nightmarish story about how insurance companies are driving her blood-pressure sky high with cost-cutting suggestions. Dr. Ofri discusses the years of effort it took to find the right combination of four different blood-pressure medications to control her patient's hypertension without upsetting his diabetes, kidney disease and valvular heart disease or making his life miserable from side effects, only to have the insurance company question her treatment plans. Dr. Ofri also explains why this story is so important for your health literary.

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