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A Major Source of Aggravation and Burnout for Hundreds of Physicians

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ๐™๐˜ผ๐™Ž๐™.  A major source of aggravation and burnout for the hundreds of physicians with whom we have research conversations every month stems from their trying to get โ€œprior approvalโ€ for their patientsโ€™ use of expensive drugs.  Or worse, their not being able to get that approval for life saving medications.

But hereโ€™s an example of a physician pushing back.  In this twitter post, an oncologist stands up to an insurance company doctor, asking if his denying a potentially life-saving treatment for a young woman with breast cancer is the โ€œhill he wants to die on?โ€   And includes subsequent tweets from other doctors suggesting that she call the offender out by name rather than letting him hide in anonymity.  

As โ€œspecialty drugsโ€ get more expensive, approval is getting harder and harder to get.  Is it time for practicing physicians to push back against the insurance companies and their for-hire, door slamming physicians?  Probably!  

Click here to read this oncologistโ€™s comments on Twitter: 

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