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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A group opposed to Intermountain Health Care's recent arbitration mandate will picket today.
The Members of Patients Against Mandatory Medical Arbitration are staging their protest outside the Salt Lake Clinic.
The group has also threatened to file a lawsuit and pursue a ballot referendum against I-H-C's requirement that patients sign an agreement to arbitrate medical malpractice claims.
The new policy greatly diminishes a patient's right to sue doctors. Patients who refuse to sign the agreements won't get treatment.
I-H-C implemented the policy last month.
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