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Doctors trade integrity for insurance company profits
San Francisco Chronicle

Recently, I had an intense debate with a doctor who works for one of the largest, supposedly nonprofit, health insurance organizations in our country. I wanted at least 24 hours of hospitalization for a patient, and he, clearly, did not.

It didn’t matter that the insurance company’s doctor was in a remote location and had never laid eyes on nor spoken with my patient, using a faxed copy of a doctor-in-training’s note to come up with a diagnosis and make a clinical decision.