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In my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice, I see a lot of women with very large breasts seeking a Louisville, KY breast reduction. Unfortunately, it seems the insurance companies are moving away from covering these procedures.

Just recently one of the main insurers in our market added the requirement that the women who complain of upper back pain must have a full evaluation by a spine surgeon AND a complete spine X-ray, CT scan or MRI. I think this is idiotic. They are forcing the patient to waste her time and the spine surgeon’s time. They are wasting money on Dr. visits and very expensive X-rays, not to mention that spine X rays and CT scans expose the patients unnecessarily to a lot of radiation.

So, in classic form, they will gladly cash your premium payment checks but god forbid you try and use your insurance.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Lee Corbett, MD