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Nick Bertucci

Nick Bertucci

  • This is a horrible idea. The opioid epidemic is terrible, but this year we’re finally starting to make some headway with it. It’s only a matter of time before insurance companies will require this.

    I fear that this will make high risk patients more weary than they already are about receiving medical

    This is a horrible idea. The opioid epidemic is terrible, but this year we’re finally starting to make some headway with it. It’s only a matter of time before insurance companies will require this.

    I fear that this will make high risk patients more weary than they already are about receiving medical care. What will they think when they find out that their doctor is performing drug screenings on them?

    “Why are they testing me? I’ll definitely be positive. I’m just going through a rough patch. Who is my doctor going to tell? Oh no, if they tell my boss, I’ll be fired for sure.”

    And if they don’t tell the patient until after it is positive, the patient may lose trust in their physician and may lose trust in the medical establishment as a whole. Then we’ll lose these patients forever.

    This will scare patients from seeing their primary care physicians and getting the care they need. I promise you, most of us are actually pretty competent and can identify these patients. We can screen when appropriate. Don’t turn this into a requirement that will actually harm patients. While good intentioned, this is a bad idea and will end up alienating the people who need the most help.