I have had to make multiple calls and wait as long as 2 weeks trying to obtain authorization for an MRI when there were abnormal mammogram or pelvic sonogram findings. The patients become increasingly anxious about their condition and sometimes angry at me because they think I’m either withholding care or not concerned about their needs.

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