Thursday, March 19, 2020

Private health insurers "clogging up the system"

Augie Lindmark, a resident physician at the Yale School of Medicine, used Twitter to warn that US health insurance providers were protecting their own profits instead of prioritising medical needs. 

According to the Yale New Haven Hospital physician, patients were unable to leave hospital because they were awaiting authorisation from insurers. 
“Insurance companies are clogging up the system in the middle of a damn pandemic.”, said Mr Lindmark. “Every day in America health care clinicians waste time arguing with private insurers. A prior authorization essentially asks, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?’”, and adds “We do. Let us do our job.” Now that the US healthcare system is playing catch-up with the coronavirus outbreak, says Mr Lindmark, “we can’t afford to waste time. There is no place for frivolous delays so health insurers can solidify their bottom line.”

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