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October 23/30, 2002

Health Care ProtectionsProtecting American Health Care Consumers

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Eleanor DeArman Kinney, 277 pp, $42.95, ISBN 0-8223-2876-3, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2002.

JAMA. 2002;288(16):2049-2050. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.2049

It is indeed fitting that the release of Protecting American Health Care Consumers, by Professor Eleanor Kinney of the Indiana University School of Law, should have coincided with the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in Rush Prudential HMO v Moran,1 which upheld states' power under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to externally review the medical decisions of health maintenance organizations and insurers. With the rise of social contract theory as an underpinning of the US legal system, efforts to safeguard consumer well-being burgeoned, spanning numerous areas of law and virtually all legal forums, from legislatures and regulatory agencies to courts.2

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