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Med School Students Learn About Health Insurance

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Image: Sam Blackman under CC 3.0

In the past, medical school training and residency has mainly consisted of the technical aspects of medicine. Obviously, that should be the focus, but an increasing number of med school students are also learning about the actual environment they practice in.

Health insurance plans play a key role in the real world, and it will continue to be important as healthcare reform is implemented. New doctors are often frustrated when patients don’t follow directions, when it turns out that those patients are either uninsured or underinsured. They are also unprepared to handle a variety of complex billing and reimbursement procedures.

Several schools are now teaching courses on the subject. Doctors-in-training are learning about the costs of commonly ordered tests, and more cost-effective alternatives that may work as well. Their choices can lower medical bills–and therefore health insurance rates–for individual patients and the country.

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