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5/4/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Maria Russo had a small lump her right earlobe in the jaw area. It was determined by her HMO that she had a non-malignant vascular tumor wrapped around her parotid gland. Maria's HMO doctor explained that since the tumor was in a very rare place it would be very risky to do surgery. He also said that Maria...
Archived Article
5/3/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Joseph Martin Jr. fell off a ladder and injured his left knee, tearing the ligaments off the patella. Joseph's HMO doctor repaired his knee by tying the ligaments in place until healing was completed. Joseph's knee had completely healed, or so he thought, until two years later when he noticed some hard...
Archived Article
5/2/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Louis DeGeorge first ran into problems with his HMO when he suffered major dental damage in an automobile accident in 1995 at the age of 68. Louis suffered spinal and hip injuries, as well as 11 splintered teeth. From the accident scene, Louis was taken to a non-HMO emergency room that did not have an x-ray...
Archived Article
4/28/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "My HMO's poor treatment of me led to my suffering a double amputation, a couple of strokes and the loss of both of my kidneys. I am now a shell of my former physical self. I have been ruined financially, yet I have no legal relief against my HMO because of the current state of the law, which overly...
Archived Article
4/27/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "I went to my HMO for an ear infection and the HMO nurse practitioner prescribed a 21-day treatment of Bactrim for me. The prescription was signed by an HMO doctor even though I had not been seen by one. On the fifteenth day of the treatment, while attending a work-related convention in Las Vegas, Nevada...
Archived Article
4/26/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Marjorie Dolik had problems with her left foot. Her HMO diagnosed the problem as "osteomyelitis," involving the first metatarsal of her left foot. Marjorie's HMO doctor recommended amputation of her leg above the knee. The doctor also recommended that Marjorie get a second opinion outside of the...
Archived Article
4/25/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "My husband, Dwight Lobb, entered his HMO hospital for surgery. Dwight had researched this procedure thoroughly by reading all the written material available to him, interviewing people who had had this surgery and talking to the HMO surgeon and therapists. Feeling well and confident about the surgery,...
Archived Article
4/24/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Sara Israel was denied benefits for the birth of her son in April 1994, because she was sixty-nine miles from her HMO's doctors group- even though she delivered at an HMO facility. According to the fine print in the HMO's policy, women were prevented from traveling more than thirty miles from their HMO's...
Archived Article
4/14/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Marion Bradshaw's twin sister, Marie Lowder, died of breast cancer after her HMO delayed and denied her treatment. Marion and her sister's husband, Brent Lowder, decided to file a lawsuit against the HMO over Marie's care, only to find out that Marie had unknowingly signed away her right to trial through a...
Archived Article
4/13/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "This case involved the death of our grandson. We presented all of the evidence along with expert witnesses which testified that the HMO doctor fell below the standard of care, causing the death of our 2 month old grandson. The coroner who performed the autopsy on the baby also testified and the autopsy...