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March 02, 2000
SECTION: CAPITOL HILL HEARING TESTIMONY
LENGTH: 610 words
TESTIMONY March 02, 2000 BILL THOMAS REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE WAYS
AND MEANS PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS
March 2, 2000 Opening Statement of Ways and
Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) on the Patients'
Bill of Rights Conference Committee: One out of every six Americans
doesn't have the peace of mind that health care coverage provides. That's why
helping Americans and their families get the most basic patient protection of
all - health insurance - must remain our top priority throughout this Conference
Committee. A major source of America's frustration today with HMOs is the lack
of control which patients and doctors feel. Patients want to be able to pick up
the phone and get an appointment to see their doctor. Doctors want more time
with their patients and to treat them as they see fit. True health care reform
means protecting patients and ensuring access to affordable health care when
they need it. We can get this done this year. This issue is too important to be
clouded by election-year politics and grandstanding.
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