Your Doctor's Boss May Be An Insurance Company

The hassles were getting to Dr. Ruth DuPont. Steep malpractice premiums, labyrinthine billing systems, and mounting paperwork were taking a big toll on the family physician's time, not to mention her finances. So last fall, DuPont took a step many physicians consider heretical: She signed on with Aetna Life & Casualty. By becoming an employee in Aetna's growing network of doctors, DuPont shed tiresome, costly administrative chores in one fell swoop.

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