Dec. 21, 2021

Non-Medical Switching Hurts Patients

Non-Medical Switching Hurts Patients

A doctor knows their patients’ needs best. But too often, insurance gets in the way. In an effort to lower costs, insurers sometimes force stable patients off of prescribed medication to a cheaper option. It’s called non-medical switching, and can harm a patient’s health. 

We hear from Gary Lawson, who shares the story of his son’s extreme case of Crohn’s disease. After finally finding a treatment that alleviated his painful symptoms, his insurance company non-medically switched him against his doctor’s advice. 

Plus, learn about the ongoing advocacy efforts to make airplanes wheelchair accessible. Field correspondent Kate Pecora speaks with the founders of All Wheels Up, an organization actually crash testing wheelchairs for commercial flights. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent, Patients Rising


Gary Lawson, Lawson Attorneys PLLC

Michele Campanelli-Erwin, President and Founder, All Wheels Up

Alan Chaulet, COO and Founding Board Member, All Wheels Up

Ella Balasa, Patient Correspondent


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