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News Release
10/10/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA –  Families of victims of prescription drug abuse, physician overprescribing, and medical malpractice called for mandatory drug testing of doctors today outside the California Medical Association’s convention at the Disneyland Hotel. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group unveiled a mobile billboard truck...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
By Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
News Release
9/26/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog is telling Californians about the list of physicians who have funded the opposition to a mandatory drug testing initiative for doctors. “Substance abuse among California physicians is higher than the general population, yet unlike bus drivers and...
Blog Post
9/24/2013
Jamie Court
A drunk Orange County plastic surgeon reportedly disfigured at least a half dozen patients before losing his license. A Rocklin anesthesiologist was arrested for taking anesthesia through an extra IV line while administering it to a patient.  A meth-using doctor who was convicted of drug dealing will get his doctor's license back after a...
News Release
9/17/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The withdrawal today of a major advertising trade association from a group trying to write a Do Not Track standard demonstrates the need for legislation to protect online privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. The public interest group said it is exploring the possibility of drafting a California ballot initiative to implement...
News Release
8/22/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
News Release
8/19/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health insurance more affordable by requiring insurance companies to publicly justify and get...
News Release
8/15/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Fifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California. The letter asked the CEOs to reverse their position on a proposed ballot measure...
News Release
8/13/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...
Video
8/4/2013
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.