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Determining Who Controls Medicine

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Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 04:37 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Lately, the news media have been going on about the process of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare.While in my opinion Obamacare is not perfect, it does provide insurance coverage for millions of Americans who did not have it prior to passage of the paw.

Therefore, to me, Obamacare has been an important factor in medical care. But it does need updating and modification, which I hope will occur with continued evaluation.

One problem for me and my patients is being able to order the medication that I want for them. A good example is a medication that I ordered for a patient which the insurance company turned down because it is not on their official approved list.

But when I received the alternate medications that I could order for the patient, on that list was a higher dose of the same company’s medicine that was a slow-release form.

Because there was no reason to increase the dose of the medication for the patient, I worked for a month for approval of the low-dose, short-acting drug that was on the approved list — but only at three times the dose. Finally, the insurance company did approve the lower dose.

I cannot understand why there would be that much problem in trying to get approval for a drug manufacturer whose product in higher dose is on the insurance company’s list, but they would not approve the lower dose.   

In the discussion over Obamacare and its replacement, I hope there is an evaluation of who controls medical care. I hope the inability of physicians to prescribe the medication that they believe is best for the patient is addressed.

This is where congressmen and senators need to focus their attention is on how to improve the quality of medical care and to me that is one of the major factors is to determining who controls the practice of medicine.

Contact your congressmen and senators concerning this ongoing problem and let’s see if we can really decrease the cost of medicine by providing universal coverage for everyone and finding a simpler way to approve medications approved by the physicians and control the cost of these medications.

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Obamacare has been an important factor in medical care. But it does need updating and modification, which I hope will occur with continued evaluation.
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