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PATIENTS' RIGHTS & MEDICAL PRIVACY RESOURCES

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Patients' rights, medical privacy, patient advocates for quality health care, HMO abuses, fight wrongful denials of valid health claims, bad medicine and questionable doctors:


If you’ve been denied health insurance benefits on valid claims too many of us are abused by HMOs –  American Consumers Abused by Insurers-Medical wants to help us fight for better access to medical care and restitution from often fraudulent, wrongful denial of valid medical insurance claims.

The Consumers Union, publishers of Consumer Reports, offers a Consumer Guide to Handling Disputes with Your Private or Employer Health Plan.  This guide helps you navigate the grievance procedure and offers details about your own state's external review program.  Invaluable help for resolving disputes.

Speak Up and possibly save your life!  Deadly medical mistakes are killing patients in droves.  And now a new program rolled out by federal health officials encourages patients to speak up and help prevent errors in their treatment.  Brochures for patients and buttons for medical professions invite you to question your medical care!!

Here's an impressive list of medical associations and patient advocacy groups, or you can research a condition or wellness topic.

If you need to know if your doctor's been involved in any disciplinary actions -- and you're lucky enough to live in one of the 20 participating states that allow you access to this lifesaving information  -- look up the info you need in order to make informed choices about the doctors you entrust your life to.

And, unmask the truth about questionable doctors at www.questionabledoctors.orgQuestionable Doctors is the only comprehensive, publicly available databank that contains information on doctors who have been disciplined by state medical boards and federal agencies in the past ten years.

Also, Health Care Choices provides physician profiles -- information about doctors including education, specialty, training, and especially malpractice and disciplinary proceedings.

To see if your doctor is board certified in his or her specialty, go to the American Board of Medical Specialties.

In 2000, a presidential task force labeled medical errors a "national problem of epidemic proportions." The American Iatrogenic Association promotes accountability for medical professionals and institutions -- they're devoted to the study and reporting of illnesses and death caused by the medical profession.  As many as 98,000 of us are killed each year by errors during hospitalization, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 million of us acquire infections each year while hospitalized, with 90,000 dying from those infections. 

Public Citizen reveals multibillion dollar boondoggles, studies with skewed samples to overstate the cost of drug research and development, worst pills and best pills, questionable doctors, questionable hospitals, unsafe and unhealthy work conditions, health risks to U.S. consumers and much more.

The National Center for Health Statistics helps you with Where to Write for Vital Records: you'll get information for every state and US territory with where to write for birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.

"Make no mistake about it -- the government wants full access to your private medical information."  The Health Hippo helps today's health consumers participate in their care by knowing about health laws and policies that impact care, and they include an admirable collection of information on health care policy topics.

There’s also a consumer coalition at the Health Privacy Project site from Georgetown University addressing privacy regulation.

Your needs as a patient probably take a back seat to the medical machine -- organizations who put bean counting and bonuses far ahead of “Quality” medical care.  HARP (Health Administration Responsibility Project) is a resource for patients, doctors, and attorneys seeking to establish the liability of HMOs, managed health care organizations, and nursing facilities for the consequences of their decisions.

The information provided on this site is designed to inform you and support, not replace, your relationship with your doctor.

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