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Alliance for Patient Access Wants Health Care Code of Conduct
Date:5/11/2009

Insurers Negatively Affect Patient Care, Interfere with Prescribed Therapies

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California chapter of the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA), a national network of over 250 physicians with the shared mission of ensuring and protecting patient access to approved medical treatments and therapies, today cited a recent survey of California doctors across the state which revealed a large number of physicians believe insurance companies are getting in the way of treating patients as yet another example of why California needs a Health Insurers Code of Conduct. Last year the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates unanimously voted to develop a Health Insurer Code of Conduct. The AfPA supported that measure and has launched a website, www.insurepatientaccess.org, to collect petition signatures from the public calling for a Code of Conduct for health insurers.

"This survey demonstrates very clearly the pressure doctors face to alter treatments for their patients," stated Dr. Jack Schim, Chairman of the California Alliance for Patient Access. "From unwarranted rescissions and denials of coverage for prescribed medications and treatments, the actions of health insurance companies in this state are seemingly more focused on improving the bottom line instead of improving patient care."

The survey, released recently by the California Medical Association, found:

  • 87% believe the limits and restrictions that insurance companies place on doctors is a major problem.
  • 84% have felt pressured to change the way they treat a patient because of a restriction from an insurance company.
  • 86% said insurance policies cause them to select a course of treatment they might not otherwise choose.
  • 89% said they f
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