As a doc I've long had to deal with haphazard and arbitrary rationing in the US as people I am willing to help for free are then unable to get the meds I prescribe or tests I recommend. I've dealt almost daily with insurance plan denials that keep my patients from getting needed care. I - and more importantly my patients - have suffered maddening delays as we've jumped through administrative hoops.
On this blog we've had practitioners and doctors posting our side of this misery but the patients dis-served are the ones really suffering. I want people to post comments about the rationing by denial, the delays by administrative craziness, the delays brought by all the hoops and challenges to getting the care you need.
We need to change this mess. The status quo is too rotten to continue. Change will only happen when the public outrage over this mess forces change in the hurtful and destructive policies that ration, deny, and delay care.
Please post your stories in the comments section below.
L. Gordon Moore MD