So 3 days back at work, and I still have not received a form to fill out for that patient's medication. I called the insurance company today, and had just a lovely time.
First question: What is my name? I explain that I am the doctor and give them my name. The call center guy proceeds to reverse my first and last names for the next 5 minutes. I finally get that straight.
Next question: What is my fax number? I give that to him. He then explains the procedure once the form arrives by the end of business hours today:
Have the doctor fill out the form. If no time concerns are checked, medical review will be completed in up to 2 weeks. If the urgent box is checked, our doctors will review the request in 3 to 5 days.
Hmmm... I did mention that I am the doctor. I never considered my voice masculine, but whatever. So my patient has to go without medications for a week while I have been waiting for this form and for your doctors to review the request?
We can turn it around in 24 hours if, after faxing back the form, you have the doctor call. He can call us at this number."
Last night I received a robo-call from Huckabee's people asking to use my name on a petition to repeal healthcare reform because it threatens our freedom and everything that makes this nation great. I keep hearing conservatives yelling about a government take-over of medicine. Based on the last week, third party insurers run the show right now, and they do not have our best interests at heart.
Rant over now. Tomorrow I promise I will move on to other things.