Pennsylvania’s legislators try their best to represent their constituents; I believe this is true the vast majority of times. But, there are certainly times when the results of their actions are very difficult to reconcile with the best interests of those they have sworn to protect.
Currently pending in the PA legislature is House Bill 18/Senate Bill 936. If passed, this legislation would completely change how an injured worker in Pennsylvania can receive medications. A “drug formulary” would be set up. This means that no longer would a patient be treated based on the individual needs of the patient, and the individual judgement of his or her doctor. Nope. Instead, decisions would be based on “evidence-based medicine.” That means that what medications would generally be prescribed for a given condition, for the period generally prescribed, would be all that an injured worker in PA could receive.
Therefore, the individual judgment of the doctor is totally irrelevant. The needs of the patient? Not a factor. This is an absurd system, since medicine is not an exact science. Indeed, any physician will openly admit that not every patient will react to every condition in the same way. Some heal faster than others. Not every patient has exactly the same symptoms or limitations, even from the same condition.