Patient-Brokering|Opioid addicts are commodities in high demand. Patient-brokering describes the $1 billion industry that puts a price tag on the lives of people seeking opioid addiction treatment.
What is Patient-Brokering?
Patient-brokering is when drug rehab centers or sober homes pay people and other third-parties (known as patient-brokers) for referring patients to their establishments. In patient-brokering schemes, people with opioid addictions — and their families — think the establishments are medically proper. This is not the case.
The substance abuse addiction treatment centers and sober homes that use patient-brokers are solely focused on profiting off insured opioid addicts. And the patient-brokers who recruit opioid addicts for the treatment facilities are solely focused on profiting from insured opioid addicts.
- Patient-brokering is a booming $1 billion industry.
- People with opioid addictions get bought and sold online and in person.
- Patient-brokering stems from the opioid epidemic.
- The actions of federal and state government officials have and continue to fuel the patient-brokering phenomenon.
- Patient-brokering is an unintended consequence of capitalism.
About the Author
Olivia P. Walker is a public affairs strategist, campaign consultant, and writer. Most recently, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Before that, Olivia worked as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer. Olivia holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs. In 2016, Olivia was duly initiated into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the ASPA Section on Public Law and Administration. Olivia also holds a Graduate Certificate in Globalization Studies. The certificate is a specialized graduate-level credential reflecting knowledge of the most up-to-date research on globalization.