Insurance headaches not new

By Bruce L. Wilder, M.D.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Letters, Oct. 12, 2013

In "Physicians Brace For Insurance-Induced Headaches," (Oct. 3), the writer might have pointed out that "insurance-induced headaches" are not a new phenomenon.

About 20 years ago, a large ophthalmology practice in Pittsburgh had almost 100 different insurers to deal with. Whether the headaches will be worse may be a matter of debate, but the problem is much older than Obamacare.

President Barack Obama at one time supported a single-payer system. Most patients want a single-payer system, and there is some evidence that most physicians may want single-payer.

Bruce L. Wilder, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., works in Oakland, Pittsburgh's academic and health care center.