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News Story
6/23/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Rising malpractice premiums may force some doctors to stop delivering babiesDayton Daily News Miami Valley physicians say rising malpractice premiums soon will force some to make a hard decision - whether to continue delivering babies. More than 70 obstetricians, gynecologists and midwives who practice in the greater Dayton area said they fear...
News Story
6/3/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Modern Healthcare Two volleys were fired last week in the growing battle over malpractice insurance premiums, which is either a looming national crisis or a public-relations scam orchestrated by physicians, depending on the diametrically opposed arguments. On one side, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), responding to skyrocketing premiums among his...
News Story
5/30/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Las Vegas Review-Journal Dueling news conferences Wednesday at Valley Hospital Medical Center marked the first time the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association has engaged in an overt bid to win the public's sympathy in the medical malpractice insurance crisis. Half an hour before Sen. John Ensign's news conference to announce his tort reform bill...
News Release
5/29/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Premium Data Shows California Law Is No Model For The Nation Los Angeles, CA -- Data released today by two consumer groups show that California's 22-year experience with the nation's most draconian limits on the rights of medical malpractice victims has failed to slow premium increases for doctors and hospitals. In fact, over the last decade...
News Story
6/13/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wahington Times The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 yesterday that health maintenance organization members injured because doctors ration health care in pursuit of cash bonuses may not make a federal case of ordinary malpractice lawsuits. "Whatever the HMO, there must be rationing and inducement to ration," said the unanimous opinion, which...
News Story
2/24/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Gannett News Service WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices listened skeptically Wednesday as attorneys for a woman who won a malpractice claim against her doctor argued that the bonuses given by the woman's HMO to its doctors harmed the care that its patients received. Attorney James Ginzkey argued that the lawsuit filed by Cynthia Herdrich,...
News Story
12/3/1999
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State High Court Rules That Consumers Can Still Ask Courts To Bar Deceptive Practices But Otherwise Must Honor Agreements To Settle DisputesLos Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that medical malpractice victims who are bound by arbitration agreements can still go to court to obtain orders that prohibit...
News Story
1/24/1999
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Times Mychelle Williams, 18 months old, died of a treatable infection that a simple blood test would have detected--a victim both of malpractice and patient dumping, a Compton jury decided. The jury awarded Mychelle's single mother $ 1.35 million in damages for pain and suffering and $ 3,000 in economic compensation to cover the...
News Release
1/7/1999
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CA Supreme Court Court Asked Not To Protect Hospital WHERE: 350 McCallister Street San Francisco, CA New Supreme Court Room WHEN: 11 A.M.; Friday January 8, 1998 Consumers for Quality Care will argue before the California Supreme Court tomorrow morning that hospitals should not have limited liability under state medical malpractice statutes...
News Story
11/17/1996
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Health maintenance organizations, which care for more than 60 million people, are telling courts across the country that they cannot be held responsible for medical malpractice in cases involving patients who receive care through employer-sponsored health plans. The H.M.O.'s argue that they are protected against malpractice claims and lawsuits by...