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HMOs Under Review Danny Martin Schedule No 01654 MWF 1300-1350 Dr Michael J Moratto November 121999 Contents Introduction1 Opposition1 Advocacy2 Evaluation4 References Cited5 1 Introduction My topic of discussion is going to deal with Health Maintenance Organizations HMO My issue is Should patients in the US choose an HMO as their health care provider Very controversial subject right now and also will continue to be in the future Opposition Although a majority of Americans believe the health system will take care of them if they are injured or ill six in ten are unhappy with the system more than half say fundamental charges are needed Anonymous2 1999 People are very unhappy with the care they are receiving According to the critics polled quality is declining and the doctor patient relationship isnt what it used to be While life expectancy is on the rise studies show that half or more of the heart-attack patients dont receive the beta blockers needed to reduce their risk of another attackWatson 1999 A numerous number of cancer patients are not receiving care for their condition And each year hospital patients die from drug reactions wrong dosages and wrong mixes of drugs Only one thing matters to the HMO and that is money Raniolo 1999 Health Maintenance Organization HMO is more interested in collecting its money rather than concerning themselves with health care also how much patients are paying out of pocket People are having to pay higher premiums for supplemental care Also the cost of prescription drugs are at a higher cost than usual HMOs have a lack of focus or preventative medicine they stash their money instead of furthering research If consumers realized that the product their buying is
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