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9/2/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Carol Stephens - Buena Park, CA As told by her sister, Janet Einwalter: My sister, Carol Ann Stephens, tragically died from two major stokes, four months after tests that had revealed carotid blockages went unnoticed in her patient file. After Carol's initial stroke, a test revealing carotid blockages on both sides of Carol's neck was placed,...
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6/26/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ethan Bedrick - Raleigh, NC According to court records: Ethan Bedrick was born January 28, 1992. His delivery had complications and he was asphyxiated. As a result, he suffers from severe cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Hypertonia from the quadriplegia impairs the motor functions in all four of his limbs. The terrible thing about...
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6/24/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Shirley Moore - Union City, CA As told by her daughter, Norma Lowe: In January 1997, my mother went to her HMO with pain in her right ribs and a heavy cold. After a chest X-ray was taken, the doctor diagnosed lung cancer. What the HMO's doctor failed to diagnose was that my mother also had bone cancer. Mom asked the doctor why she was having so...
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6/15/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Alexander Giles, 9 - Houston, TX Alex Giles' managed care plan doctor failed to give him crucial cardiac tests and to refer him to a cardiologist, resulting in the needless death of the athletic nine-year-old, according to a lawsuit filed by his family. Bridget Giles, Alex's mother, claims the health plan's doctor ignored obvious symptoms that...
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6/12/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
William Pratt - Vacaville, CA As told by William's wife, Patricia: My husband, William Pratt, was diagnosed by his HMO with acute pancreatitis and treated for a year and a half. On January 26, 1995, he died of cancer. In the weeks before his death, we experienced things that I did not believe could happen in our country. When William...
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6/5/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Bess Young - Carmichael, CA As told by her daughter-in-law, Nancy: Our entire family in Sacramento has had coverage through our HMO for many years. I believe that the care of my 80 year old mother-in-law, Bess, has lacked consistency and compassion. One day Bess was found at about 12:30 p.m. face down in her apartment, having suffered a stroke....
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6/4/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Chad Aitken - Woodland Hills, CA As told by his mother, Heather: To have your life fall apart when one piece of the puzzle comes out is very devastating. This is what happened to my family when my HMO refused to see my son, Chad, after a routine vaccine. Chad died because of denied care by my HMO. He was just one in a number of children and...
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5/14/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Bill Schriever - Cypress, CA As told by his mother, Mary: My husband and I took my son to the HMO doctor on three separate occasions, requesting a referral for psychiatric care. Under the terms of my coverage with my HMO, mental health care is covered for 20 visits for "crisis intervention." To this day, I am unable to determine what my...
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5/8/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Madison Scott - Orange County, CA Madison Scott was born premature, but otherwise healthy. Today she is permanently and completely blind. Her parents, Curt and Helen Scott, claim the HMO they counted on to care for her was more worried about saving dollars than it was about saving her sight. Yet, because the Scott's receive their health care...