Posts Tagged: step therapy
An illustration of an array of prescription medications. (Photo: Adul10, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: Due to cost-cutting policies, health insurers often become a barrier to access for medicines that providers prescribe to patients. One such practice is referred to as step therapy. Step therapy forces patients to try several medications before approving the medication originally prescribed by the doctor.
A doctor writes out a drug prescription for a patient. (Photo: Lisa-S, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: Step therapy forces patients to try insurer-preferred medications before approving the medication initially prescribed by the doctor. Utilized by both public and private insurers, step therapy undermines the clinical judgment of doctors and puts patients’ health at risk.
Hospital medical staff checking a patient's records. (Photo: Stokkete, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: It’s never a good idea when insurers cut costs by interfering in the decision-making process between patients and their doctor. But during a national pandemic, it’s a particularly bad idea. I am thinking specifically of an insurance strategy called step therapy.