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If something needs to be approved,
The answer, it would seem,
Should be yes or no, unless, of course,
You’re living in a dream.

And that is where I am today
For logic’s been removed
When prescriptions can’t be filled because
They are not pre-approved.

Will someone please explain that “pre?”
It doesn’t make much sense
For a doc to justify the drugs
She’s chosen to dispense.

Insurance is supposed to help
Offset the patient’s cost
But with “pre-approval” jargon,
Some translation has been lost.

Copyright © ilene bauer | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 9/18/2019 8:43:00 PM

    Wonderfully expressed and scribed! You must have been a journalist for a local newspaper as you certainly have a gift for writing! Aloha! Rico
  1. Date: 9/18/2019 7:40:00 PM

    "preapproval" - whatever could they mean? The insurance companies are nuts. Thank you for the reminder.
  1. Date: 9/18/2019 6:28:00 PM

    Reading your poem makes me so glad I am not in the US, we get given a prescription by the doctor and here on our Island it costs me the equivalent of $4.80 dollars per item but many get it for free:-) hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 9/18/2019 5:07:00 PM

    Well-penned depiction of yet another aspect of our broken health care system. Grrrrrrrrit those teeth! :) gw