Title

Going Hollywood with Patient Rights in Managed Care

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-3-1999

ISSN

0098-7484

Publisher

American Medical Association

Language

en-US

Abstract

The backlash against managed care has entered Hollywood. In the movie As Good As It Gets, audiences applaud when actress Helen Hunt uses obscenities to describe the health maintenance organization that treated her son. Moviegoers also cheer actor Warren Beatty, the suddenly truthful Senator in Bullworth, who accuses the health insurance industry of profiteering, deliberately excluding the poor, and corrupting politicians. When Hollywood distributes celluloid attacks on an entire industry, it relies on widespread public sympathy with the sentiments expressed.

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