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News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Californians should have the same right as Floridians to equal protection under the law in cases of medical negligence, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s cap on medical negligence damages is unconstitutional.  Signatures will be turned in beginning next week...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in The New York Times. ------------ PEOPLE go to hospitals to get well. We all know that medical care involves risks, but what patients don’t expect is that the doctors, nurses and other staff members charged with their care may deliberately cause them harm. As an...
News Release
3/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic prescription drug abusers. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act requires...
News Story
2/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering bills that would limit or end participation of intervenors in automobile insurance rate filings, urge Congress and the president to renew funding for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and call on interested parties to solve difficulties with medical malpractice...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Senate President Introduces Placeholder Bill, But Both Sides Gear Up For Initiative Democrats in Sacramento have strong ties to both trial lawyers and the medical industry. But even efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg may not avert an upcoming campaign fight over medical malpractice suit payouts. Steinberg on Friday introduced SB...
News Release
12/5/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA – Bob Pack, whose two young children were killed by a drugged driver, today called on California lawmakers to repudiate shocking remarks that physician impairment due to substance abuse "Doesn't Matter" by signing the petition for his ballot measure to improve patient safety. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
Blog Post
9/24/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
A drunk Orange County plastic surgeon reportedly disfigured at least a half dozen patients before losing his license. A Rocklin anesthesiologist was arrested for taking anesthesia through an extra IV line while administering it to a patient.  A meth-using doctor who was convicted of drug dealing will get his doctor's license back after a...
Video
9/3/2013
Posted by admin
For 2-year-old Steven Olsen, a hike in the woods and a fall on a stick would change his life forever. "They (the doctors) thought, 'Oh, he has meningitis,'" said Steven's mother, Kathy Olsen.   However, that was not the case. Steven was suffering from an infection from the fall. It spread from his hand to his brain...
Feature
9/1/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...