Not a defense of the article title, which should have been "United HealthCare severs relationship with thousands of Doctors"........ But the term fired is used a lot in the medical world, when it doesn't make sense. It is common to hear about a patient "firing his doctor", when the doctor wasn't employed by the patient. Or to hear about a doctor "firing" a patient by refusing to see them any more. Anyway, back to the melee Wanna kill these ads? We can help!