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News Story
10/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says "junk" health plans could leave patients on the hook for unlimited medical bills. When President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order encouraging expanded access to association health plans and short-term, limited-duration plans, medical and consumer advocacy groups issued a flurry of reactions to the move...
News Story
4/17/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A father reached out to FOX 46 Charlotte with questions surrounding an emergency room bill he cannot believe. Steve Komito said while taking his son to the Carolinas Healthcare System emergency room in Waxhaw for a minor elbow injury, his family was billed $1,244.85 just for the room portion of his visit. There was a nearly $400 charge for X-rays...
Video
1/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Reporter Randy Paige talks with Consumer Watchdog's Jerry Flanagan about what consumers should know about the coming battle over changes with the Affordable Care Act.
News Story
12/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Top Republicans say a medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care: Frivolous lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and forcing physicians out of business. Doctors and hospitals live in fear of litigation, ordering excessive tests and treatments that make health care unaffordable for Americans. That’s why House...
News Story
12/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gary Wilde gained $1.4 million in salary, bonuses, benefits and deferred compensation while leading the nonprofit Community Memorial Health System in 2015. Tax records filed in November show the health system paid annually over 12 years into a retirement fund for the 61-year-old CEO. The plan had reached more than $4.2 million by the end of...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s good to be king. As long as shareholders are happy, ratepayers continue to scramble to keep their health insurance. What’s to stop insurers? Nothing in California, that’s for sure. Anthem announced today that its first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent. It earned $865.2 million in the quarter, more than $160 million than it...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When he took office as California's new treasurer this month, John Chiang (D) issued a warning about rising health care costs for retired state workers: "If we continue to do nothing, we will be sowing the seeds of a future crisis," Chiang said. "The price tag associated with providing health care to retired state workers has...
Video
11/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog informs consumers about the top ten things they need to know before signing up in the current open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DALLAS (AP) — Diplomas from outstanding medical schools. Records free of discipline. A team trusted by a president. For all the strengths of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient walked through its seemingly weakest link: the emergency room. Presbyterian met or exceeded 75 percent of 138 specific...
News Story
6/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On a leaked internal call, an SEIU leader pledges to boost criticism of holdouts. Shortly after reaching a truce with much of the hospital industry last month, California's largest healthcare union vowed to step up its criticism of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and two hospital chains that balked at the agreement. On an internal conference call...