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Patient Rights

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(before 2003)

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When people get sick, they need to see a doctor. In order to see a doctor, they need to make sure they can pay the doctor. Since a visit to the doctor can be expensive, many people do not have enough money to always pay for it.

One way to help people to pay for the doctor visits is to have a company get money from people every month. Then when a person has to go to the doctor, the company will pay for the visit. This way, many people can afford to go to the doctor when they need to.

Sometimes the company will not pay for the doctor when they are asked to. There is a book that will explain what people can expect from a company that pays for doctor visits. The book is to help people understand what the company will or will not do.

One man had a daughter who was very sick. When the daughter was in the hospital, the company who was suppose to pay for the visit would not. This made the man mad. He complained and the company got in trouble.

The book can help this man find out about his rights. He can learn how to get medical records. It will show him how to get another doctor's help. It can tell him how to use legal action against the companies if they do not do things right.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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