12:47 PM 28 May 1998
Unable to convert ARMS_EXT: [ATTACH.D82]MAIL43376215K.126 to ASCII, The following is a HEX DUMP: FF5750436BOEOOOOOIOA02010000000205000000A52900000002000023F3426BIC8B63BA18B4BF 255365DDEEA6C04BEE3F83ACBOFAB480C2FF3861310E5DOD57D24113CC76B37FFBCC31C6582F9A FBC79681BFCDD68B9500261AC6B20DA9E62ACA67D351FDB191623923388659C06E180630534F3C 97620561A945A8728A4FAD2CA5CCC5086F5CCA6022BD576BCCF79DC85BF6D2071AB6A2C7A9E4BB F71EE2CC4BE833A24C9576390FE675DDF48DCIA2CACOCEF629DDB479213BFC2E4F36CID2165566 Hex-Dump Conversion PRESIDENT CLINTON: "WE MUST PASS A BIPARTISAN PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS" May 28,1998 "This bill says, how can you let some person with the mentality of an accountant, who will only see the number of what it costs to have somebody do her surgery, who will only see the number at the bottom line of what the chemotherapy costs, make a decision. We're not that kind ofpeople; we're not that kind of sOciety. " President Bill Clinton May 28,1998 Today, President Clinton is joined by Vice President Gore, Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, in calling on Congress to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights, legislation which offers certain protections to all Americans when they become ill. The President will also release a report showing the impact of health care issues on women, and why a Patients' Bill of Rights is necessary to protect all Americans. PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. The nation's health care system is undergoing significant change. Many Americans worry that these changes may reduce their health care options and lower the standards of care. The President has already signed an executive order requiring that all federal agencies substantially comply with the Patients' Bill of Rights. Now, these protections must be extended to all Americans. A Patients' Bill of Rights would give Americans much needed protections, including: Access to health care specialists to ensure patients receive the appropriate care they need; Access to emergency services when and where the need arises; Access to easily understood infOrmation to help patients make informed decisions; Grieyance and appeals processes for consumers to resolve their differences with their health plans and health care providers. A PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS HELPS ENSURE WOMEN GET ACCESS To THE SERVICES 'THEY NEED. Women are particularly affeaed by health care issues. A new study shows that: Oyer 60 percent of physician visits are made by women. and women make three quarters of the health care decisions in American households. Without adequate patient protections, women will be unable to effectively navigate through the nation's rapidly changing health care system. . Women in managed care plans are increasingly dissatisfied with the quality ohare. Nearly 70 percent of privately insured women ages 18 to 65 are in managed care plans. Almost two-fifths of these women worry that they will not be able to get speciality care when they need it. And 27 percent of these women worry that they will be denied a medical procedure they need. Without a patients' bill of rights. women may not receiye important preyentiye services. The consumer proteaion that gives women direct access to an obstetrician/gynecologist is not only necessary to make sure that pregnant women get the care they need, but is also important to ensure that women get important preventive services. Studies show that gynecologists are almost two times as likely as internists to perform timely, needed women's preventive services. Patients' Bill of Rights legislation must be passed. The only way to assure that all women, and all Americans, have the patient protections they need is to pass and enaa a Federally-enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights. STATE LAWS CANNOT PROTECT ALL CmZENs. The President congratulates the 44 states who have passed at least one element of the Patients' Bill of Rights. However, over 122 million Americans are enrolled in health care plans which are not fully governed by state law, and therefore do not enjoy the full protection that these laws are intended to give. CHALLENGING CONGRESS To PASS A FEDERALLy-ENFORCEABLE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS THIS YEAR. The President renews his call to Congress to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights this year. Without this legislation, the millions of Americans in private health plans will never be assured these basic protections.