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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
4/10/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...
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...
Blog Post
11/10/2011
By Judy Dugan
There's a reason people throw partiies on the day they get their Medicare card. People over the age of 50 who have struggled to pay for individual insurance that costs more than the mortgage--or had to go without health insurance--can only feel blessed relief about the red, white and blue card in their wallets. Even Tea Partiers who say they...
Blog Post
6/13/2011
By Judy Dugan
Sometimes it takes just a couple of numbers to clarify a huge, complex issue--In this case, what to do about Medicare. Medicare costs are up 400% since 1969--scary, right? But private health insurance premiums in the same period are up 700%--nearly twice as scary.  In today's New York Times, economist and columnist Paul Krugman...