The Dallas Morning News ran a long but interesting story about the increasing frictions between doctors and health insurance companies regarding reimbursement for medical bills. The gist of the story is that insurance companies are denying so many claims that doctors’ incomes are dropping even though the doctors are seeing more patients.
This reminds me of the medical malpractice tort reform debate in Texas a few years ago. Trial lawyers all agreed there was a medical malpractice insurance crisis, but we had no success convincing either doctors or consumers that the problem was with the insurance companies, and not with the malpractice laws. I think now doctors have finally come to realize that insurance companies, whether health insurance or malpractice insurance, are concerned only with own bottom lines.