Justinian Lane

Insurance Company Rates Force Doctors To Move

Wait, it's not what you think:

"2,000 doctors sued insurance companies back in 2002 over what doctors called low reimbursements for services...

This fight is about what your doctor gets paid for giving you service.

The doctors originally sued all four large insurers in our area, saying they price-fixed the fees at such a low rate, some doctors were leaving town. "

For those of you lucky enough to have health insurance, take a look at the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) form you're sent by your insurer next time you receive treatment. You'll see how much (or how little, more likely) that your doctor receives for his or her services. It's generally a fraction of what patients without insurance are billed. If insurance companies paid their doctors more reasonable reimbursements, doctors wouldn't have any problems paying their malpractice insurance premiums.

You can read more about the story here.

I would also be remiss in my duties if I didn't point out that at least 2,000 doctors had no problem with turning to the civil justice system when they felt they were wronged.

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Oct 05, 2006 in Medical Malpractice
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This website's disregard for the facts is certainly consistent: the lawsuit was thrown out as meritless, as Point of Law reported on July 5, in a post that included the sentence "Next time the AMA complains about the costs of excessive meritless litigation, they can perhaps look in the mirror."

Posted by: Ted | October 5, 2006 10:59 AM

The fate of the lawsuit doesn't change the fact that insurance companies reimburse doctors at low rates. That's one thing just about every doctor can agree on.

Does your condemnation of the AMA mean that next time it proposes legislation to curb malpractice suits, you'll suggest we start with curbing their own lawsuits? If not, why not?

Posted by: Justinian Lane | October 5, 2006 2:01 PM

Why the false dichotomy? I think we should curb both meritless malpractice suits and meritless AMA-brought suits. The two aren't mutually exclusive, and doing one doesn't make the other more difficult.

Posted by: Ted | October 5, 2006 2:46 PM