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Video
3/10/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court, families of lost loved ones and the public are calling for a new medical oversight board - composed predominantly of the public, rather than physicians - in order to crack down on patients who doctor-shop, as well as doctors who over-prescribe.
Video
3/9/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and affected families come together to call for changes in how doctors are disciplined for over-prescribing dangerous drugs. During a rally at the Capitol, speakers called for changes in how the state medical board handles complaints about doctors.
Blog Post
2/8/2013
By Jamie Court
It’s outrageous.  A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year. Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever.  Doctors that use and deal drugs, like Nathan Kuemmerle, face little discipline or deterrence.  That has...
News Release
2/6/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leading consumer advocates today called upon the legislature to hold hearings and investigate strong new laws in response to recent Los Angeles Times reports on widespread drug overdoses due to physician overprescribing and the recent case of a convicted methamphetamine-using drug-dealing doctor who will be treating...
Feature
8/20/2012
By Sarah Glover
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...
News Release
6/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...
News Release
4/11/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance has saved doctors and other medical providers $23 million in the last two months by reducing unjustified medical malpractice insurance premiums using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority.  California law prohibits excessive malpractice insurance premiums for...
News Release
3/21/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – A House bill (H.R. 5) seeking draconian federal limits on malpractice accountability would raise overall health care costs and leave families harmed by medical negligence with no recourse, said Consumer Watchdog. A letter to Congressional leaders signed by Consumer Watchdog and 21 other prominent public interest groups...
News Release
3/8/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today that it has saved doctors, dentists and other medical providers $19 million on their medical malpractice insurance premiums, using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority to reduce unjustified premiums. Yet a doctors’ group opposes the same...
News Release
10/27/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that Florida’s bid to escape a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law cannot be justified and joined calls for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold a public hearing into the state’s effort to evade minimum medical spending rules....