My experience trying to obtain the drug prescribed by my rheumatologist is a cautionary tale. This is not about whether the doctor ordered it, or how the specialty pharmacy (CVS) must wait for approval from the insurer before filling the prescription, but the fact the patient who resides and waits at the end of the line, me, is treated not as a person in need, but an expense. In my ...

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My physical therapy education occurred within Harvard Medical School. My college, Simmons College, worked with Harvard in those days to prepare us (13 women) to enter the field with knowledge and respect for the roles and rules of clinical medicine. In 1966, I was taught to stand up when a physician entered the room, to hand over the chart and open the door. There was never any doubt who was who. ...

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