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The AMA, Medical Liability Tort Reform, and HMO Lawsuits

With the definite resurgence of the medical liability crisis, a recapitulation of the AMA’s campaign for the implementation of tort reform in the last several years is in order to better understand where we have been and where we are headed in our struggle for meaningful and substantive medical liability (“malpractice”) tort reform. In fact, …

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The Patients’ Bill of Rights — Thermopylae 2000? by Miguel A. Faria, MD

If and when the Patients’ Bill of Rights and managed care reform legislation comes out of conference committee, congressional Republicans are set to walk into a Democratic ambush this presidential year, the likes of which has not been seen since the dramatic battle at the ancient Pass of Thermopylae, the vital gateway to the heart …

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Physician Unionization

Although I agree with your editorial on unionization, I must ask why are physicians really forming unions? Why are editors of medical journals, such as the Annals of Internal Medicine (April 20, 1999), calling again for “universal coverage” and “health care as a right?” They are already anticipating the collapse of the “managed care free …

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Hammurabi, Defensive Medicine, and Practice Guidelines

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) On Managed Care And Cutting-Edge Technology In the wake of the epochal November 1994 elections that swept conservatives to power, and hopefully a new philosophy of health reform—viz, economic incentives to promote …

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