It’s official- the Mad as Hell Doctors Tour will be taking it’s road show of health care parity and justice to Chicago, September 26th.
If you haven’t heard of them yet, lordy, you will.
From their site:
We are a small group of Oregon-Based doctors who care. We believe there is only one way to control costs, one way to remove profiteering from the system, one way to reclaim the care of our patients, and one way to be sure everyone is covered: we must replace our current pay-or-die system and with a comprehensive, publicly financed, privately delivered, Single Payer system that puts people first.
They’ll be crossing the country for a single payer solution, and are asking any and all to join them on their way to Washington, D.C., to offer a perspective on health care reform that’s been frightfully overlooked- the provider’s.
Honorary IMP Dr. Margaret Flowers gave us a little of that perspective recently on what it’s like to practice medicine under the yoke of private insurance bureaucrats, and why the Mad as Hell Doctor tour is significant:
From my standpoint as a physician, I see that health providers have tried to work within the restrictions of the current environment for decades. As the private insurers have created more hoops for us to jump through (increasing number of authorizations, more complicated billing procedures), we have been compliant in an effort to provide care for our patients. It has been getting more and more frustrating to work in this environment. There is now a new category called the “disruptive physician.” These are docs who lose their cool and get angry at their staff or patients.
In speaking with my friend, a psychiatrist, she tells me that these docs are acting out because they are unable to practice their art. Imagine that you’ve had years of training, and you became a doctor because you want to help people. You see patients and you know what they need – certain tests or prescriptions or therapy – but the insurance company denies their treatment. You have to spend a part of your day fighting with the insurance company and the person you speak with on the phone has no medical training but they have the power to tell you what you can and cannot do. This happens day after day.
She has a new diagnostic condition (for fun):
PIISD – Private Insurance Induced Stress Disorder.
The cure is exactly what the Mad As Hell Docs are doing. The time has come to stand up and speak out. We need to say that we aren’t going to take this anymore.
The good Doctor also tells us she plans on joining their Care-a-Van
(I like that!) for a spell.
IMPs look forward to the Doctors’ Chicago barnstorming, and we’ll update the specifics of their visit as they become available.