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Blog Post
3/10/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Is patient safety really a laughing matter? California Medical Board member Dr. Silvia Diego (see video below) seems to think so.  Dr. Diego literally laughs during the October medical board meeting at the notion of doctors paying a modest increase in physician license fees to fund better policing of overprescribing physicians. If you think...
Video
3/10/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court, families of lost loved ones and the public are calling for a new medical oversight board - composed predominantly of the public, rather than physicians - in order to crack down on patients who doctor-shop, as well as doctors who over-prescribe.
Video
3/9/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and affected families come together to call for changes in how doctors are disciplined for over-prescribing dangerous drugs. During a rally at the Capitol, speakers called for changes in how the state medical board handles complaints about doctors.
News Story
2/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Should California's doctors be drug tested? "Yes," say Consumer Watchdog." The non-profit group is calling for mandatory drug testing for physicians in California. The push comes in response to news reports about doctors who over-prescribe painkillers like Vicodin. A recent series in the LA Times identified a number of doctors...
News Story
2/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says reforms are needed to reduce the rising number of prescription drug overdoses and to rein in incompetent and corrupt physicians. A consumer advocacy group Wednesday called for new laws to improve the state's monitoring of doctors who prescribe dangerous narcotics. Consumer Watchdog said reforms were needed to reduce...
News Story
2/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog Responds to Prescribing Issues The Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has called for random drug testing of physicians and several other reforms in the wake of published reports linking dozens of California doctors to the drug overdoses of their patients. Consumer Watchdog wrote Gov. Jerry Brown and the chairs...
News Release
2/6/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Leading consumer advocates today called upon the legislature to hold hearings and investigate strong new laws in response to recent Los Angeles Times reports on widespread drug overdoses due to physician overprescribing and the recent case of a convicted methamphetamine-using drug-dealing doctor who will be treating...
News Story
11/29/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California health insurers are proposing double-digit rate increases for hundreds of thousands of policyholders, drawing criticism that health insurers are padding their profits as the nation prepares to carry out the federal health care law. Anthem Blue Cross, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, wants to raise rates an...
Courtroom Case
10/14/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
William Hall v. Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. CIVRS 1200996   Consumer Watchdog and Shernoff, Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP settled a lawsuit against long-term care insurer Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (also known as SHIP) in September 2012.    Under the...
Blog Post
7/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But since speculation by the big banks stole trillions in wealth from average Americans and devastated the world economy, I'd call a small tax on financial transactions more like taking our own money back. That’s why I’ll be marching with tens of thousands of people in DC...