Fabricating Symptoms for Insurance Coverage
A recent article in The New York Times delved into how doctors are breaching insurance rules for patients. Professionals in many fields feel tempted to lie in order to care for their patients. They sometimes have to dissemble in areas ranging from coronary bypass surgery to mammography screening. For example, a patient with a family history of lethal colon cancer may not qualify for surveillance. Therefore, a doctor may make up blood in his stool to obtain insurance coverage for a colonoscopy. Precancerous polyps, found and removed, will justify future surveillance.
Sometimes, doctors must breach insurance rules for patients, often inventing symptoms so that insurance covers a procedure or a drug. What is your stance on the issue? Are you for or against inventing symptoms so that insurance covers your patients?
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