Cancer survivor: Gov’t, insurers creating fearful doctors, risking lives

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Tightfisted insurance companies and dizzying government bureaucracy are squeezing the art out of medicine, forcing doctors to use one-size-fits-all approaches with patients and needlessly putting the lives of patients at risk, according to a patient advocate and My Life is Worth It co-founder Bob Tufts.

Tufts pitched in the major leagues, went on to become a Wall Street executive and now teaches at Yeshiva University. He said he never missed a day of work in 30 years before getting a series of small colds a number of years ago. His doctor ordered tests that confirmed Tufts was suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

Thanks to excellent instincts by his doctor and the embrace of a novelty drug therapy including thalidomide, Tufts said he felt largely back to normal within nine months.

But he said his experience is far from normal, starting

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