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Big US health insurer gives doctors final say in treatment

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1323
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The United Health Group, the second biggest managed care company in the United States, has told doctors that they will no longer require prior approval before carrying out most medical and surgical procedures. It is closing its utilisation review division, which runs its prior authorisation procedures.

    The group—which insures 14.5 million people, including 8.7 million in managed care units—found that requests for approval of care were almost always granted; it had …

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