White House review of patient bill of rights must be expedited, but President needs chance

Five years. The current fight to enact a real patient bill of rights has been waged in full since the Family Health Care Fairness Act, HR 2400, was introduced in September 1995. Its successor, the Patient Access to Responsible Care Act (PARCA), HR 1415, gained more than enough support to pass the House in 1998, […]

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  • 2001 goal: strengthen federal and state MH parity laws

    Thirty-three states now offer parity legislation to their citizens which presumes that benefits for mental illness will be equal to physical illness. But these promises have failed to satisfy Americans who believe major inequities persist. While the principle of creating parity between mental and physical illness is laudable, the results todate have disappointed. Insurance interests […]

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  • When, oh when, will psychology lay its own behavioral tracks without relying on psychiatry

    In its Nov. 3, 2000 issue of Psychiatric News, the American Psychiatric Association announced plans for developing the fifth version (DSM-V) of its highly successful Diagnostic and Statistical Manual series. These manuals have set forth, each in its own time, the psychiatric profession’s agreements as to the conditions it treats and how they shall be […]

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