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4/1/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Steven Olsen - Chula Vista, California Twelve-year-old San Diego resident Steven Olsen is blind and brain damaged because, as a jury ruled, he was a victim of medical negligence when he was two years old. He fell on a stick in the woods while hiking. Under the family's managed care plan, the hospital pumped Steven up with steroids and sent him...
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3/31/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Kenneth Evan Kennedy - San Francisco, California Evan Kennedy, his father says, was not a foolhardy man. He knew he had an inherited heart problem, so when he decided to train for a marathon in San Francisco to raise money for leukemia research, he checked with his doctor. She, too, knew he had heart difficulties. But she told him that, since had...
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3/19/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Bill Mitchell - San Diego, California Bill Mitchell, a former San Diego City Council member and deputy mayor, is a sophisticated man who thought he knew how to read people. But he now says ruefully that he was bamboozled by people in the medical profession and their insurers into thinking they had his well being at heart when in fact they were...
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3/18/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Ruth MacInnes - San Diego, California As told by her daughter, Patricia MacInnes: HMO doctors, paid through Medicare, failed to provide medical tests to diagnose and treat heart disease in my mother over a two year period. The HMO physicians failed to respond to cardiogenic shock emergencies. My 72-year-old mother, Ruth MacInnes, was, for...
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3/15/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Raymond Williams - Sacramento, California As told by his wife, Jackie Williams: My spouse Raymond Williams passed at (Sacramento) Mercy Hospital in January 1994. He had been prescribed the wrong medicine and, ultimately, his kidneys shut down due to it. He was given over 60 different pills in five months. He became a dialysis patient as a result....
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3/13/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Patricia Filaseta - Los Angeles, California Pat Filaseta is no stranger to fighting adversity. When she was 13 she had polio and came out of the hospital with a leg brace and a limp. She felt lucky; she knew it could have been much worse. Within a year or two she was able to walk without any brace or orthopedic device, and did so all her adult...
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3/1/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Janet Warren - Los Angeles, California Few medical stories are as horrific as that of Janet Warren, a vibrant, driven career woman who was sent on a 20-year spiral to her death by a doctor's hubris and incompetence. Before it ended Janet had gone through 25 major surgeries, her spine had shattered as she slept, and her life had become constant...
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5/11/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: The dispute between Betty Woolfson and her HMO arose when the HMO's doctors recommended a course of treatment that world-renowned neurosurgeons at UCLA Medical Center believed would endanger her life. Betty's family had decided to get a second opinion because Betty's condition was so serious. The...
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5/10/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Maureen Alexander was mistreated by her HMO neurosurgeon during a routine office visit. Among other issues, the HMO doctor physically abused Maureen, including taking her gown off and exposing her breasts without permission, and sticking her breasts and pelvic area with a safety pin, without medical purpose...
Archived Article
5/9/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "In May of 1996, our HMO refused an MRI and misdiagnosed our then 6 yr old son, Zakary. Eventually, the HMO agreed to perform a CT scan which an HMO radiologist and HMO pediatrician reported as "clear." Then in April of 1998, a CT scan performed on Zakary for a concussion due to an...