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Fighting Managed Care

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WE, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS CAN AND MUST HAVE A VOICE!

We simply like to treat people regardless of who they are, where they come from, and who pays for it. We do it fee for service or with third party payers. Besides looking for our interests, we have another and more important  responsibility:

WE MUST WORK FOR A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT  RESPONDS TO OUR PATIENTS' NEEDS!.

It is unbelievable how we, mental health professionals, have been -so far- unable to organize ourselves to defend our professions and our patients from the so called "market forces" of greedy health corporations.. Click HERE for my presentation at the American Psychiatric Association Meeting in Toronto in August 1998, where I addressed this issue. I am glad to say that finally the American Medical Association is proposing that we physicians should get together as an Union to stand up for ours and our patients' rights. We must form a huge union of health care workers, that is, front line professionals who treat patients, to face the enormous and perverse threat of Health Corporations/HMOs/Managed Care.

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Marcio V. Pinheiro MD

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FIGHTING FOR A TRUE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Let the US Senate know about your experience with Managed Care
Health Care Olympics
IMPORTANT LAW: HR1304
AQCA (Patient's Bill of Rights)
AQCA (Direito dos Pacientes em Português)
AN IMPORTANT LETTER

Links
Here are some links with organizations and groups that also want a better health care system for Americans. They may have different views on how the system should work in order to offer affordable, quality and universal access to all Americans. But they are united in at least one point: HMOs and Managed Care are not good health professionals and their patients!
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Look a the sharks!

Health Administration Responsibility Project
Death by a HMO
California Coalition for Ethical Mental Health Care
Good Mental Health Information!  
Problems with your HMO or Insurance? California Consumer Health Care Council.
National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals &Consumers
American Society for Action on Pain (ASAP)
Here come the Nurses!
Physicians for a National Health Program
Consumer Watchdog Organization
Florence Project
Uhcan

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A SINGLE PAYER IN THE US!
Did you all know that there is a proposition in
the US Congress for a Single Payer Health Care?
Rep. McDermott, a psychiatrist, is the author.


If we, health care clinicians, get together we will have a say about the conditions under which we will practice our noble professions. The problem has always been... how can we do it? Although we belong to different disciplines we must find a way to work together because we are the ones on the front lines, treating people.
WE CARE!

HMOs and Managed Care For Profits are dismantling the American health care system. In Mental Health this has become a public calamity.
WHY?
Because for them, less care means more profits!
They have created a carve out of mental health services separated from the rest of medicine. This carve outs are then given to Behavioral Managed Care Corporations For Profits that are making it impossible for mental patients to have proper treatments in America!

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PARA OS BRASILEIROS (FOR BRAZILIANS)
Para os meus colegas e amigos brasileiros (To my friends and colleagues in Brazil) Em português(In Portuguese).

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