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Archived Article
5/4/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Maria Russo had a small lump her right earlobe in the jaw area. It was determined by her HMO that she had a non-malignant vascular tumor wrapped around her parotid gland. Maria's HMO doctor explained that since the tumor was in a very rare place it would be very risky to do surgery. He also said that Maria...
Archived Article
4/27/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "I went to my HMO for an ear infection and the HMO nurse practitioner prescribed a 21-day treatment of Bactrim for me. The prescription was signed by an HMO doctor even though I had not been seen by one. On the fifteenth day of the treatment, while attending a work-related convention in Las Vegas, Nevada...
Archived Article
4/25/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "My husband, Dwight Lobb, entered his HMO hospital for surgery. Dwight had researched this procedure thoroughly by reading all the written material available to him, interviewing people who had had this surgery and talking to the HMO surgeon and therapists. Feeling well and confident about the surgery,...
Archived Article
4/13/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: "This case involved the death of our grandson. We presented all of the evidence along with expert witnesses which testified that the HMO doctor fell below the standard of care, causing the death of our 2 month old grandson. The coroner who performed the autopsy on the baby also testified and the autopsy...
Archived Article
4/10/2000
Consumer Watchdog
® Patient's Medical History: Linda Goldstein went into her HMO for a double bunionectomy operation [bunion surgery] on the big and small toes of her right foot. Immediately after the operation, she experienced excruciating pain in her right foot, something she never experienced after a prior bunionectomy operation, performed on her left...
Archived Article
4/5/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Patient's Medical History: Ina Hobson died in her HMO's emergency room. She could have been saved if her HMO had been willing to let her stay at the facility where she was taken by Fire Department paramedics. Instead, her HMO insisted she be transferred to its E.R., where she was incompetently attended to. The HMO's emergency room doctor...
Archived Article
4/3/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Patient's Medical History: "My mother started having heartburn, bloating, gas and a nagging pain in her side in April / May 1996. She went to see her HMO physician in early June. This was followed by several visits over 3 months in which my mother continued to relate the same complaints. At no time was she referred to a specialist....
Archived Article
3/31/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Patient's Medical History: "In November 1991, my mother's HMO misdiagnosed and failed to treat blood clots that formed in my mother's leg after she suffered a minor fracture -- ultimately forming into a fatal pulmonary embolism. An HMO doctor declined to conduct tests recommended by an independent orthopedist, even though my mother...
Archived Article
3/29/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Patient's Medical History: "Two and a half years ago, my wife died as a result of malpractice by her physician, malpractice which was encouraged and endorsed by her HMO. A necessary surgery, one that she was entitled to receive under the provisions of her policy, was withheld because the system set up by the HMO offered financial...
Archived Article
3/28/2000
Consumer Watchdog
' Patient's Medical History: HMO doctors misdiagnosed Wilfredo Engalla's lung cancer as colds and allergies. By the time he was diagnosed properly five years later, the cancer was terminal. HAYWARD, CA -- "My dad was a patient of an HMO. In January 1991, after being told for several years that he had chronic allergies, we learned that he had...