Newsweek talks healthcare

August 24, 2009

Here’s an excerpt:

“[The] rationing lie sticks for two reasons. One is that people who should know better keep repeating it…

“…The second reason is that the idea of rationing triggers anxiety about the loss of some cherished American ideals, such as freedom of choice about what doctors you can see and what treatments you can get. Although millions of us can’t go to doctors outside our insurer’s preferred-provider list, and have been denied reimbursement for drugs the doctor prescribes (“Sorry, your plan covers only the generic”), or at minimum have waited for the insurance company to say yes (why do you think the nurse is on the phone with them for 45 minutes?), we still harbor the illusion that no one gets between us and the doctor.”

Read the entire article here.


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