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US patients can sue HMOs

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1709
  1. Fred B Charatan
  1. Florida

    Texas has become the first United States state to allow patients to sue health maintenance organisations (HMOs) for malpractice.

    “The delivery of health care has changed over the past decade,” said Dr David Sibley, a doctor and Republican state senator from Waco, who sponsored the new law. “A third party has inserted itself into the treatment room, operation room, and examination room. And I can think …

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