Jessie ----
by on January 28, 2019
Health insurance, and all the paperwork is causing a huge headache for the nation's doctors, which according to a new study, shows that 9 in 10 doctors believe barriers set by insurance plans have led to worsened conditions for patients in need of care.
Aimed Alliance, which is a non-profit that seeks to protect and enhance the rights of health care consumers and providers, say that doctors are so fed up with the constant headaches caused by insurers, two-thirds would recommend against pursuing a career in medicine, and nearly half (48%) are considering a career change altogether.
The group polled roughly 600 physicians in the U.S. practicing either family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology.
The researchers want to understand the extent to which insurance policies impact primary care physicians, their practices, and their patients on a day-to-day basis. They also wanted to get a better understanding of mental health issues among providers, as well as the causes behind the national provider shortage.
Their findings showed that physicians don’t think very highly of health insurance companies, and believe they’re putting patients at risk with policies such as prior authorizations ahead of filling prescriptions. Actually, 87% of doctors say patients’ conditions have grown worse because of such red-tape regulations, and 83% worry the patients will suffer prolonged pain as a result.
Obtaining referrals are especially bothersome for doctors. More than nine in ten (91%) of those surveyed think the policy delays necessary care for patients. And those same physicians agree insurers engage in “non-medical switching,” which forces patients to take less costly — but potentially less effective — medicines.
All this paperwork is stressing doctors out.
When it came to their daily stress, 37% blamed it on insurance issues, and 65% feel they’re facing greater legal risks because of decisions made by insurers. The vast majority (85%) are left frustrated by such issues, and many admit to taking their anger and emotions out on their staff and even family members.
The survey also showed 77% of doctors have had to hire more staffers to handle the heavier administrative load from insurance work. Ninety-percent say they have less time to spend with patients because of the burden.
Fifty-five percent of those surveyed would like to see changes on an insurers’ ability to override the professional judgment of physicians. About nine out of ten (87%) respondents felt that insurer personnel interfere with their ability to provide individualized treatments for each patient.
Also, patients were taking a huge hit in their bank accounts. Doctors believe that insurers are contributing to the rising cost of healthcare more than anything else, including pharmaceutical companies, government policies, lawsuits, or hospitals.
The organization hope their study will provide lawmakers solid data when attempting to reform health care laws and regulations related to utilization management and provider shortages.
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