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News Story
6/20/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is facing a lawsuit alleging its mandatory in-house mail-order prescription service illegally threatens the health and privacy of patients who have HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.   Public advocacy group Consumer Watchdog sued United Healthcare Insurance Co., claiming the company is...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
One of the big reasons people buy long-term care insurance is to avoid burdening a spouse or grown children when they can no longer care for themselves. But some family members are shouldering another type of burden: one that involves piles of paperwork and repeated phone calls, as they are forced to navigate a labyrinth of requirements to collect...
Blog Post
5/30/2013
Posted by admin
Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they...
News Release
4/29/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board should be disbanded and patient safety laws reformed to prevent any more deaths caused by dangerous doctors who harm patients but continue practicing without repercussions, said Consumer Watchdog today. A Senate committee will vote this afternoon on a bill proposed by Senator Curren Price and...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
At a Joint Oversight Hearing of the state Legislature on Monday, lawmakers said that the Medical Board of California should mine data from a statewide prescription drug database to identify physicians who overprescribe medications, the Los Angeles Times reports (Girion/Glover, Los Angeles Times, 3/11). About the Database The Controlled...
Video
3/11/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and families of overdose victims are voicing concerns about prescription drug abuse in California. They don't believe the medical board is getting the job done and some say it's time to replace the board now.
News Release
3/11/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other dangerous doctors. The group also called for mandatory random drug testing of...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Dozens of bereaved parents whose children died from pain-medication overdoses told state legislators Monday that the California Medical Board is failing to protect the public from so-called "dirty doctors" who overprescribe addictive drugs, especially to young adults. Their reports of a growing epidemic in California mirror national...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmakers took a close look at the Medical Board of California Monday—and whether it’s doing enough to police doctors who freely prescribe painkillers A recent L.A. Times investigation found that the Medical Board took so long to investigate doctors suspected of prescription abuse that 30 of their patients died while the...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bureaucratic hearing in Sacramento took an emotional Monday morning, as parent after parent told state legislators how their children died from overdosing on prescription drugs. The parents who testified during the Medical Board of California’s “sunset review” hearing all said the agency should do more to crack down on doctors...