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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:8

US Senate passes patients' bill of rights: The US Senate has passed a bill of rights for patients by a vote of 59 to 36. The bill will allow patients the right to sue health maintenance organisations for denial of coverage. It was widely supported by Democrats, but most Republicans, including President Bush, opposed it, arguing that passage would lead to higher healthcare costs. The …

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