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News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV/AIDS patients covered by Anthem Blue Cross insurance won a legal settlement today allowing them to get their medicines at a pharmacy rather than by mail. Attorney Harvey Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog said HIV /AIDS patients often need to consult with their pharmacists about their drug regimen. In addition, he said, receiving drugs through...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Database: Average charges for procedures by California hospitals Data released this week by the federal government that show a wide variation of what hospitals charge Medicare for everything from pacemakers to hip replacement to obstructive pulmonary disease may bolster a discussion on fair pricing but does little to help the average consumer...
News Story
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In Oakland, Alameda County Medical Center charged an average of $19,855 for a patient with seizures in 2011, while Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - less than 4 miles away in the same city - billed $48,923 to treat the same condition. Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae charged $110,394 for patients with drug poisoning, while at Peninsula...
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...
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...
News Story
5/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Medical services delivered on Web or by phone transform primary health care Tired of feeling "like the walking dead" but worried about the cost of a doctor's visit, Amber Young sat on her bed near tears one recent Friday night in Woodbury, Minn. That's when she logged onto an Internet site, run by NowClinic online care, a...
News Release
11/23/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
CONTACT: Jeff Chester, Center for digital Democracy, jeff@democraticmedia.org, 202-494-7100; Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG, edm@pirg.org, 202-546-9707, ext .314; Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum, pdixon@worldprivacyforum.org, 760-470-2000; John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog, john@consumerwatchdog.org, 310-392-7041 Washington, DC -- In a complaint...