Time Magazine tells the story of Christy DeMeures, a young California mother with breast cancer, and Health Net, a large, aggressive HMO that resisted her pleas for the bone marrow transplant that doctors felt represented the only chance of saving her life. DeMeures encountered a pattern of manipulation by the HMO, whereby doctors who initially agreed she should seek advanced treatment suddenly changed their minds and demeanor. DeMeures eventually died, leaving her family and at least one of her doctors wondering if the outcome would have been different if she had gotten the treatment she asked for.
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