Navigation Links
Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Greater Focus on Patients' Choice and Privacy Rights in Health-Reform Debate
Date:6/18/2009

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Congressional debate is focused primarily on whether to include a public option for health insurance, many Americans remain concerned about how a mandate for private health insurance will affect their health-care choices and privacy.

"We're hearing politicians promise that if people like their existing insurance coverage, they'll be able to keep it. But what if the federal government forces people to buy private plans? Won't insurance companies then have less incentive to respond to consumers' choices regarding covered benefits," said Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, at a press conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

According to a recent Rasmussen survey 56 percent of Americans oppose a health-insurance mandate, while 31 percent support it and 14 percent aren't sure. It is imperative that Congress not intrude on patients' privacy and freedom to choose insurance policies--including catastrophic only plans--in any legislation, Blevins noted.

"What happens when insurance companies stop selling certain policies, such as high-deductible catastrophic plans? Clearly, people won't be able to keep their existing insurance plans if such policies are no longer available in the marketplace," Blevins said.

Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care in St. Paul, MN, stated, "We expect that giving greater authority to third-party payers -- through either a public option or an individual health-insurance mandate -- would lead to health-care rationing." She pointed out significant threats to patient choice and health privacy in both the Republicans' and Democrats' leading health-reform bills. Brase stressed that, "Community screening and monitoring, the establishment of a nationally linked health-data network, and assigning Americans a health-ID number would infringe on patients' right to self-determination and health privacy."

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center in Vienna, VA, added, "We would do well to pause during the creation of new health legislation to consider the long term repercussions of instituting electronic tracking systems that remove medical privacy and informed consent protections."

For more information, contact the speakers or visit their websites:

Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom, 202/429-6610 (www.ForHealthFreedom.org);

Twila Brase, Citizens' Council on Health Care, 651/646-8935 (www.cchconline.org);

Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center, 703/938-0342 (www.nvic.org)


'/>"/>
SOURCE Institute for Health Freedom
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cardinal Health Foundation Awards $1 Million to Fund Patient Safety Initiatives
2. Health Reform Press Conference on June 18: Which Bills Will Preserve Privacy Rights and Patient Choice?
3. New findings encourage more vigilant monitoring of seizure activity among intensive care patients
4. MediciGlobal Wins Four International 2009 Communications Awards for Patient Recruitment and Retention
5. Squeamish Colorado Dental Patients Get Drilled By Self-Interested Regulators
6. AMA Supports Health System Reform Alternatives Consistent With Principles of Pluralism, Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Practice and Universal Access for Patients
7. Lifelike Robot Provides Innovative Rehabilitation Treatment for Patients
8. Calling All Heart Patients
9. Telemedicine expands reach of care for Parkinsons patients
10. BBK Worldwide Foresees Expanding Global Demand for Patient Recruitment Technology
11. New Study Finds 1 in 4 Multiple Sclerosis Patients With High Out-of-Pocket Costs Not Filling Prescriptions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who ... with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, ... Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global ... Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition ... Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are ... Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute ... presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology ... past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million dollars ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Bracket , a leading ... next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, ... June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully integrate ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a ... second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 The vast majority of ... dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a week, ... visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait time. ... especially grueling for patients who are elderly and frail.  ... nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: