Doctors say a new money-saving measure by a large insurance company will put patients at risk. Anthem notified opthamologists that it would no longer pay for anesthesia specialists for healthy adults having eye surgery. That means patients can choose to skip anesthesia during surgery… or pay for the bill out of pocket. Or – as one Beaver township doctor was told…. The doctor is expected to do surgery… and handle anesthesia at the same time. [D5]20180223 EYE DOC ANTHEM-SV Dr. John Aey, Eye Care Associates: “WHAT THEY ARE PUSHING US TO DO IS TO DO 2 THINGS AT THE SAME TIME. I’VE GOT MY BRAIN AND MY HANDS FULL ENOUGH JUST DOING SURGERY. I DON’T HAVE TIME NOR DO I HAVE THE SKILL. IT’S NOT MY AREA OF EXPERTISE.” Dr. Aey says the policy change is only for adults under the age of 65 … But it could be expanded to cover medicare patients at some time in the future. Anthem sent an email about the policy… Saying anesthesia is covered when “medically necessary” and that it was reviewed by outside doctors.