Monday, October 19, 2009

This American Life is My Life as a doctor this week

TAL is hit or miss, but they've hit close to home (work actually) with their episode Someone Else's Money. The sad part is that the examples of bureaucracy run amok are among the more routine and least outrageous.

What about the time my patient with AIDS was unable to receive his meds because his employer "forgot" to pay the insurer, leaving my patient at the pharmacy counter with a pharmacist saying "you don't have any coverage."? My patient (now dead) missed several weeks of therapy, a pause that is known to breed resistance, contributing to treatment failure and decline. The employer's penalty? Nothing.

I could go on, but I have patients to see.

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