Attending Physician Statement

Definition - What does Attending Physician Statement mean?

An attending physician statement is a report prepared by a physician, hospital, or any medical facility that has treated or is presently treating a policyholder or an individual applying for insurance.

Insuranceopedia explains Attending Physician Statement

An attending physician statement is an important instrument for insurance and underwriting companies. It provides additional information on the medical background of the insured or an applicant for insurance. Given to the insurance company, it is used as basis of approval or rejection of an insurance application or of settlement of an insurance claim.

Acquiring an attending physician statement is often expensive and time-consuming as physicians prioritize tending to patients rather than preparing such a document. The insurance cycle is typically delayed as it could take a few weeks and even months before a physician finds time to complete an attending physician statement. Even after issuance, the insurance company will still take time to review and summarize the reports indicated in the statement.

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