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.
To discuss more health care go to this newsgroup: talk.politics.medicine
WHERE IS THE APA?...
DEALING WITH MANAGED CARE
Who am I?
HOW THE APA AND THE MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS COULD MAKE OUR LIVES EASIER
COMO A ABP E O MANAGED CARE PODERIAM TORNAR O NOSSO TRABALHO MAIS TOLERÁVEL
FIGHTING FOR A TRUE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS
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
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!
Damaged care, damaged caregiver
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
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.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS
Bipolar Now What
Music Therapy and Mental Health: Freudian Slip
Para os meus colegas e amigos brasileiros (To my friends and colleagues in Brazil) Em português(In Portuguese).
Marcio V. Pinheiro M.D.
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