A growing frustration: Asking insurers’ permission for medical treatments

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette–

John Emerson still wonders if his previous insurer’s hesitance to approve an MRI means his shoulder will never heal entirely.

He’s also irritated that his family’s current insurance plan forces his wife, Christine, to take a daily 60-milligram capsule for anxiety that makes her nauseous, instead of one 30-milligram capsule twice a day.

“I have discovered that doctors are really no longer permitted to be doctors,” he wrote to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently. “They can no longer treat nor prescribe medications unless the insurance companies say they can.”

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