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AMA says time is running out for patients' bill of rights

June 29, 2000

At a news conference this afternoon, the AMA announced a national "call to action" for patients and physicians to tell their senators to pass a meaningful patients' bill of rights. Standing outside of the Capitol flanked by Rep. Greg Ganske (R, Iowa) and Rep. Charles Norwood (R, Ga.), AMA Board Chair D. Ted Lewers, MD, said, "It takes four years to go through medical school, but it's taking Congress more than six years to pass a real patients' bill of rights. Time is running out."

Later in the day, Sen. Don Nickles (R, Okla.) put forward a new patients' bill of rights proposal in the the Senate, which the AMA quickly rejected as a "sham."

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