McCarthy, Louise

Louise McCarthy is CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.

Bureaucratic Burden Keeps California Doctors from Patient Care

By Louise McCarthy
Community Clinics of Los Angeles County

Like many Americans, I like a good medical drama. From our old friends on “House” and “Grey's Anatomy” to the new additions of “A Gifted Man” and “Hart of Dixie,” television is full of fictional providers that inspire us with their commitment to their patients and entertain us with their melodramatic personal lives.

What if our medical dramas reflected the reality of practicing medicine? Imagine if one hour of House featured 20 minutes of the good doctor and his staff filling out insurance forms, instead of miraculously saving his patients from rare illness. Or imagine if Dr. Altman spent her time calling the insurance company for clarification on a patient's covered services, instead of pulling the heartstrings of patient and viewers alike.