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AMA backs health reform legislation

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7211.657 (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:657
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    The American Medical Association (AMA) voted last month to endorse Norwood-Dingell, a healthcare reform bill that would grant consumers the right to sue their health maintenance organisations (HMOs) for improperly denying services.

    The bill, named after its joint sponsors (representatives Charles Norwood, a Georgia Republican, and John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat), gives consumers the right to sue in a state court for both compensatory and punitive damages.

    According to the AMA's president, Thomas Reardon, the main concern of members is the patient. “A physician should make healthcare decisions, not …

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