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6/2/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Sarah Pedersen - San Mateo, CA As told by Sarah's mother, Brenda: Sarah was born with a brain tumor. When Sarah was three her doctors began a course of aggressive treatment, including brain biopsies and chemotherapy. While Sarah's body struggled to fight her disease, her father and I fought the HMO to provide her with appropriate care. Her...
News Release
6/1/1998
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Under Prop 213, Auto Maker Not Liable For Pain and Suffering of Badly Burned Teen -- For Now A consumer group announced today its disappointment with a Court of Appeal ruling that allows Ford Motor Company to use a 1996 voter initiative targeting uninsured drivers as a shield against responsibility for injuries cause by a dangerously-designed...
Archived Article
6/1/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Stephen Keller- Pacifica, CA As told by Stephen Keller: I have a condition called "atrial fibrillation" which is an irregular rhythm of the heart. I take medication to control this. I have had this condition for 10 years. Three things happened to me while I was insured under an HMO that I consider to be medically dangerous decisions...
Archived Article
5/29/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Paige Lancaster - Virginia Eleven year-old Paige Lancaster's HMO delayed giving her important medical tests for her frequent headaches, letting a tumor grow unchecked for four years. According to the Lancasters, the HMO had an incentive program in place to pay bonuses to physicians who avoided "excessive" care. According to court...
Archived Article
5/28/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Lillian Jeffries - Sun City, CA As told by Lillian Jeffries: My medical problems began in 1997, when, after suffering from severe sciatica pain (a nerve condition), I underwent a hip replacement surgery on the advice of my doctors. Since that surgery, my condition has severely deteriorated. I have spent 95 percent of my time with my leg and...
Archived Article
5/26/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Bill Beaver - Pollock Pines, CA As told by Bill Beaver: One morning in 1993 I was out running and I began to have problems with one of my legs. I went to my HMO to have it checked out but was told it was nothing serious. But my leg problems persisted. I began to have trouble walking and I could no longer run. Five months later, my HMO concluded...
Archived Article
5/22/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Dallas George - Davenport, IA According to personal accounts: Dallas George was on heart medication when he switched jobs in 1990. When he decided to take the new job, Dallas made sure his new employee health plan would cover future costs related to his previous open heart surgery. On February 12, 1990, he began experiencing chest pains. Two...
Archived Article
5/22/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Matt Scwabe - Davenport, IA According to court records and personal reports: On July 9, 1991, Matt Scwabe was accidentally shot by a friend, leaving him a quadriplegic. As a result, Matt's medical needs were extensive. Every two to four hours, he needed attention: catheterization, suctioning of his breathing tube, adjustment of the breathing...
Archived Article
5/21/1998
Consumer Watchdog
John McGann - Houston, TX "Any type of insurance that can be taken away at a moment's notice is the equivalent of having no type of insurance at all." According to court documents: When John McGann was diagnosed with AIDS, he turned to his employer's health plan, which covered him for $1 million in health benefits. But when he filed his...
Archived Article
5/20/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Kyle, 3 - Bakersfield, CA As told by his mother: Our son, Kyle, got his health care through his father's employer. In 1992, Kyle began having ear problems when he was only 6 months old. Because it took our HMO so long to get the specialized treatment he needed, Kyle is now "maimed" for life. Besides the horror of a lifetime of hearing...