Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Network

Thank you doctor, you were the only one I could find who is accepting new patients!

13 not 39!

Ohio Citizen Rate Review Provider Network Survey, Summer, 2016
Ohio Citizen Rate Review Provider Network Survey, Summer, 2016

How would you like to be a doctor and always have to know all the ins and outs of networks, that an insurance company like Anthem can put you in, or not?  See, this Anthem instruction to doctors. Think of the money that could be saved on healthcare if we could delete these time-wasting, manipulative administrative rules that have nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with getting in the way of healthcare, so they can make more money.

“How do I know if I am participating in one or more of the networks?” the doctors ask Anthem…

Below is an excerpt from an Anthem BCBS Ohio letter to doctors in 2013. Information is given on the new insurance, that the networks are “more focused,” to log on to the network directory in October to see if their name is on it.  The utter nerve of Anthem BCBS!

And so it is with Medicare Advantage too, I’m sure. As if that is our future, and the future of health insurance is to control utilization through extremely limited provider networks that will frustrate patients so much that we will die first, before achieving the most basic task of finding a doctor!!  But that IS their plan. No Doubt. My educated opinion.

Death panel by provider network.

Patients should be allowed to see any doctor who will take them, without the Orwellian control of the big brother insurance company controlling and withholding their care. A for-profit corporation deciding in effect, who lives and who dies.

As we look back at what has happened since 2013, we can find a lot of examples of surprise out-of-network bills and a whole new way that insurance and maybe even providers limit our care and make money at the expense of our health on our healthcare and taxpayer dollars.

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Doctors, don’t put up with this lunacy from the insurance industry! Take back your profession! Don’t let them tell you what network you are in — you tell them! In fact, cut out all of the networks altogether. Do you like having to spend so much time on administration, having to hire employees whose sole job it is to handle many networks’ multitude of bullshit that gets in your way of practicing medicine? Stop doing the insurance industry a favor. You are the ones with the service we need, not the other way around.

Health insurance is merely a payment system from patient to doctor that benefits a large group of people. Insurance companies work for us, we don’t work for them. Don’t give them the power!

Here’s the grand network scheme: Insurers seek limited insurance exchange plan networks