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U.S. Health Care Is Tied Up in Red Tape

Bloomberg View– The American health-care system has a unique problem with paperwork. The sheer number of participants — doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, patients — makes settling payments complicated, time-consuming and really expensive. The share of U.S. health-care spending devoted...

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Insurance Company Hurdles Burden Doctors, May Harm Patients

Philadelphia Inquirer– The scenario may sound familiar: Your doctor sends your prescription electronically to the pharmacy, and you go to pick it up. Only you can’t, because the insurance company requires “prior authorization” for that particular medication. Now you’re caught...

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Insurers’ exclusion of disease treatments increases costs

Washington Examiner– Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients with chronic illnesses are forced to switch from their prescribed treatments to medications their health insurance provider decides it prefers. Some patients refuse to change medicines every time their insurer shifts...

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