Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Patients' Bill of Rights

March 31, 1998

Democrats in the House of Representatives today introduced the Patients' Bill of Rights Act, a major feature of the President's effort to protect the rights of Americans who increasingly find themselves covered under managed care plans. "Managed care plans account for an increasing share of the health care industry, but these plans have raised increasing concerns about the quality and accessibility of health care services," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "Many managed care clients are justifiably worried about their ability to choose their own doctor, to access needed emergency and speciality care, and to appeal rulings by health care plan administrators."

Rep. Pelosi is an original co-sponsor of the Patients' Bill of Rights legislation. This bill would establish patient protections in four broad areas: health care choice, quality assurance and improvement, information disclosure, and the provider-patient relationship. "We need to provide assurances that everyone can receive the health care they need and that each patient's relationship with his or her doctor is not compromised. As the President said in his State of the Union address, ‘medical decisions ought to be made by medical doctors, not insurance company accountants,'" Pelosi said.

The Democratic Patients' Bill of Rights Act will:

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