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News Release
11/20/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog has joined the plaintiffs in Hughes v. Pham in asking that the California Supreme Court review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases. Even though a jury awarded the injured plaintiff millions in noneconomic damages for his permanent...
Video
11/20/2014
Stephen Stock, Julie Putnam, Jeremy Carroll and Scott Pham of NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit dig up state records on medical mistakes or “adverse events” in California hospitals. Medical mistakes, or “adverse events” are the leading cause of death in the US after heart attacks and cancer. According to a new study...
News Release
11/11/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Doctors are charging Medicare millions for apparently unnecessary tests of seniors for illegal drugs like cocaine and PCP according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Medicare payment data. A San Diego company, Millennium Laboratories, was paid $190 million from Medicare in 2012 including $4.5 million for PCP tests, more...
News Release
11/4/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
News Release
11/4/2014
CONTACT Bob Pack
DANVILLE, CA – Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46 who lost his two children Troy and Alana due to medical negligence, released the following statement: “This was a battle worth fighting. But the battle doesn’t stop here.   We’ve opened the eyes of all Californians about patient safety.   We opened eyes about...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
LOS ANGELES, CA: According to Dr. Peterson’s own admission, he had developed a crystal meth habit while in medical school. Dr. Peterson even admitted to self-administering a "date-rape" drug, saying it helped him counter the speed-inducing effect of meth. Later, in 2005, Dr. Peterson began to use Xanax. His drug problem worsened...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer Propositions 45 and 46.   “The $100 million campaigns bankrolled by insurance companies against Props 45 and 46 are meant to scare voters against initiatives that will...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – ABC News 10 reported Sunday that 44% of doctors on probation in San Diego were disciplined for substance abuse or addiction. The report revealed the clear problem with doctors abusing drugs or alcohol yet the California Medical Board is unwilling or unable to act to protect patient safety. Proposition 46, the patient...
Blog Post
11/3/2014
By Harvey Rosenfield
No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog.  YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies. Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’...
News Release
10/31/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
CARMEL, CA: Dr. Bergstrom was arrested based on a report of sexual assault after a night of drinking. During the trial, the prosecution produced an audiotape which Dr. Bergstrom had accidentally created when he left his office dictation machine on. Dr. Bergstrom was heard buying cocaine, using cocaine, and trading cocaine for sex on the 5.5 hours-...