Mr Glasses wrote:
Hyper Static Union wrote:
Someone against advertising would typically respond that patients would go to another doctor if their first doctor refused. That cycle of would continue until ultimately a doctor would feel that the best scenario would be to provide a prescription.
Show me the numbers. I don't like policy based on speculation.
Depending on your insurance policy, all those doctor's visits could be expensive. One might copay $10-40 for each visit (not that painful), or if someone is on an HSA plan, (s)he would have to pay the full price of each visit until (s)he has spent $1,300 or more out of pocket (really painful).
Going to all those doctors is a HUGE hassle. I can't speak for everyone in the world, but I'm too lazy to schedule, attend, and fill out new patient paperwork for 10 doctor's appointments. That's close to a hundred pages of paperwork and at least an hour on the phone. I doubt that a generic TV ad would dupe someone into spending all that time, money, and hassle.
4. Supply limit.
There is a limited number of in-network doctors in any given area, which limits the potential for abuse. Furthermore, going out-of-network (a doctor that your insurance policy doesn't cover) is prohibitively expensive for most people, which further restricts the number available doctors. By how much? I don't know.
1. I think most doctors would back HSU up, but it seems also rather intuitive to me.
(A) Authority. A doctor's authority is based on more than a decade of education. Someone who is convinced by an infomercial (it happens...) may believe that they know something that a doctor does not and make them believe that they can challenge what their doctor says.
(B) It doesn't need to be a harmful medication. It might just be unnecessary. As long as the patient wants it and it won't cause side effects, it's in the doctor's interest to prescribe it.
(C) People are gullible. There's a reason there are so many drug ads and infomercials: because they work.
2, 3, 4: If it's a chronic problem that causes pain or discomfort (like insomnia... of which there are no small number of drug ads) then I can see someone going through those hoops to get what they want, especially if their primary care provider has been working on the problem for a while and hasn't found a solution.