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Patients' bill of rights passes first US hurdle

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7216.1021a (Published 16 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1021
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    In a victory for President Clinton, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve new rights for patients to take action against their healthcare insurers and health maintenance organisations. The most controversial part of the bill would allow patients to sue these bodies if they are denied the medical care they need.

    The bill, which was jointly sponsored by Georgian Republican Charles Norwood, a …

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