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US Senate passes patients' bill of rights

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:209
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    For the first time since managed health care was introduced, the US Senate has passed a bill that would protect the rights of health insurance customers. But the Republican sponsored bill, passed last week, offers far fewer patients' rights than the bill proposed by the Democrats.

    The so called “Patients Bill of Rights”—which was passed by the Senate by 53 votes to 47, with two Republicans joining the Democrats in …

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