Opinion: Remove bureaucratic barriers between patients and needed surgery

George A. Williams

Picture this: You’ve just failed a vision test because you have cataracts. Your ophthalmologist recommends the only treatment available to restore your vision — cataract surgery. But your health insurer denies the request, saying you don’t need surgery, you just need a new pair of glasses.

There’s a slight problem with this bureaucratic decision: Glasses can’t restore vision lost to cataracts, full stop.