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Archived Article
6/18/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Edward Mycek - La Quinta, CA As told by Edward Mycek: In November of 1997, I found out that I had prostate cancer. After discussing treatment and recovery options, my doctor advocated surgery to remove the prostate. I decided to get another opinion. After consulting with a new doctor at Loma Linda University Medical Center, I decided on a...
Archived Article
6/17/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Glenn Nealy - New York According to suit filed by the Nealy family: In March 1992, 35-year-old Glenn Nealy, the father of two young boys, was notified by his employer that there would be a change in his health care coverage and that he could elect coverage under one of three plans. Glenn chose a managed care company after receiving assurances...
Archived Article
6/16/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Linda DeBenedictis - Norwood, MA As told by Linda DeBenedictis: Unfortunately, I had received my health care through my husband's private employer in the mid 1980s. We were unable to conceive a child. I had been covered by the insurance company for invitro fertilization services in the past. But in 1986, invitro fertilization was suddenly...
Archived Article
6/15/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Alexander Giles, 9 - Houston, TX Alex Giles' managed care plan doctor failed to give him crucial cardiac tests and to refer him to a cardiologist, resulting in the needless death of the athletic nine-year-old, according to a lawsuit filed by his family. Bridget Giles, Alex's mother, claims the health plan's doctor ignored obvious symptoms that...
Archived Article
6/12/1998
Consumer Watchdog
William Pratt - Vacaville, CA As told by William's wife, Patricia: My husband, William Pratt, was diagnosed by his HMO with acute pancreatitis and treated for a year and a half. On January 26, 1995, he died of cancer. In the weeks before his death, we experienced things that I did not believe could happen in our country. When William...
Archived Article
6/11/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Francesca Tenconi, 11 - Oakland, CA According to father Donald Tenconi: Eleven year old Francesca Tenconi suffers from Pemphigus Foliaceous, an auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system becomes over active and attacks the protein which adheres the top layer of skin to the body. Francesca's parents had to battle with their HMO to...
Archived Article
6/10/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Betty Woolfson - Stockton, CA As told by her daughter, Sarah Jones: HMO enrollees who get an outside doctor's opinion had better have deep pockets to pay for the medical help they need. So far, a dispute between outside doctors and my mother's HMO has cost our family more than $15,000 in legal fees. My mother is in critical need of life-saving...
Archived Article
6/9/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Barbara Garvey - Chicago, IL According to personal accounts: Chicago resident Barbara Garvey, 54, fell seriousIy ill during a Hawaiian vacation, due to an adverse reaction to a arthritis drug prescribed by her HMO doctor. The doctors in Hawaii correctly diagnosed her condition and advised the Garveys that she needed a bone marrow...
Archived Article
6/8/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Judith Packevicz - Saratoga Springs, NY A woman suffering from a rare form of metastatic cancer of the liver is being denied life-saving treatment by her HMO. The HMO will not pay for a liver transplant recommended by her oncologist with the support of all her treating physicians -- causing the woman to live out a death sentence. According to...
Archived Article
6/5/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Bess Young - Carmichael, CA As told by her daughter-in-law, Nancy: Our entire family in Sacramento has had coverage through our HMO for many years. I believe that the care of my 80 year old mother-in-law, Bess, has lacked consistency and compassion. One day Bess was found at about 12:30 p.m. face down in her apartment, having suffered a stroke....