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US strengthens rights of insured patients

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1368
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The Clinton administration has issued new rules giving Americans in private, employer based health plans the right to obtain faster decisions on their healthcare claims and appeals.

    The new rules will take effect in January 2002. They follow the failure of Congress to pass a bill of rights that would have given patients the right to sue companies operating managed care plans.

    Under the new rules, if a patient needs an insurer's approval …

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