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5/18/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Diana McNair - Joshua, TX As told by Diana McNair: I have been struggling with my HMO since 1990. Every action that I have had to take is like taking a 4 year old to the dentist for a filling. I have not been able to do anything as easy and carefree as the HMO makes it sound in their sales pitch and in their handbook. In May of 1985, I had a...
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5/15/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Honora Wempren - La Mesa, CA As told by his daughter, Patricia Berry: Even though I have been in nursing nearly 25 years and have worked directly with cardiologists for the last 12 years, I was unable to protect my father from his HMO and get him the care he needed. Most people of my father's generation continue to hold physicians in high regard,...
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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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5/13/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Frank Dutcher - Azle, TX As told by his wife, Deanna: Since 1986, my husband, Frankie, worked line construction and took out electrical transformers. Polychlorinated Biphenls or PCB's, a toxin, are found in these transformers and because of their health risk, must be replaced through attrition or when they are leaking. Liver dysfunction is a...
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5/12/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Jane Gabrilove - Santa Monica, CA As told by Jane Gabrilove: In June of 1994, I sustained an injury to my back and neck when I fell on a slippery floor outside of my place of employment. The ramifications of that fall still totally dominate my life -- physically and financially. For the last three years, I have been disabled and will shortly...
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5/11/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Florence Corcoran - Slidell, LA Florence Corcoran tragically discovered that the ERISA loophole stripped her of her rights and remedies to protect herself under state law. Her case has become the most frequently cited precedent used by HMOs hiding from state lawsuits. According to court records: Corcoran was faced with a high-risk pregnancy. Her...
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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...
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5/7/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Judy Lerner - Studio City, CA As told by Judy Lerner: I was a principal with one of the largest benefits consulting firms in the world. As an "insider" in the world of employee benefits for twenty years, I was a defender of the "system" until I found out the hard way about the abuses in the managed care industry-- I lived it....
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5/6/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Michelle Leasure - Baltimore, MD As told by Michelle Leasure: I am a disability advocate and work for an agency that not only serves the disability community, but is staffed by people with disabilities. I have several disabilities, one of which is an incontinent ostomy. I do not have control over my bowels, and must wear a colostomy bag to...