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News Release
6/13/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined 80 public interest groups in opposition to a bill the U.S. House will vote on Wednesday that would strip away the rights of patients harmed by medical negligence, elder abuse, dangerous prescription drugs and defective medical devices. President Trump proposed similar limits to patient rights in...
News Story
11/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
"Follow the money" is the rule in politics for figuring out the real reason something not quite logical is happening.     It appears to apply as well to the overdrugging of California foster youths, based on the latest in Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de Sá's ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids" --...
News Story
11/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Following an investigative report on medical errors at California hospitals, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit the state's hospitals for such adverse events, FierceHealthcare reports (Budryk, FierceHealthcare, 11/24). Background An NBC Bay Area investigative report that found California hospitals in the last...
News Release
11/25/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following an ABC News 10 investigation into over a thousand adverse events reported in 42 northern Central Valley hospitals, Consumer Watchdog reiterated its call on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events....
News Story
11/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available. In a letter released last week, Consumer Watchdog told Brown, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diane Dooley and Department of Public Health...
News Story
11/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Drugging Our Kids Read the Bay Area News Group investigation about psychiatric drugs...
News Release
11/21/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that thousands of medical errors were reported by California’s hospitals in the last four years, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events. “…...
News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The California advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has sued UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, alleging it is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service. The mail-order rule is discriminatory under state civil rights law and...
News Release
6/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA. -- In a potentially devastating move for the health and privacy of HIV/AIDS patients, United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service, according to a new statewide...
Video
5/22/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients usually are able to put their trust in medical professionals, but in the Bay Area some bad doctors are showing up with perfect records because the medical board that oversees them isn't doing its job.