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News Release
9/11/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
Video
9/3/2013
For 2-year-old Steven Olsen, a hike in the woods and a fall on a stick would change his life forever. "They (the doctors) thought, 'Oh, he has meningitis,'" said Steven's mother, Kathy Olsen.   However, that was not the case. Steven was suffering from an infection from the fall. It spread from his hand to his brain...
Feature
9/1/2013
By Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...
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
8/21/2013
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow
New York, NY - The Center for Justice & Democracy released a new study today examining years of research showing no correlation whatsoever between where physicians decide to practice and a state’s medical malpractice law.  The report, Exposing Medical Myths: “Caps” And Physician Supply, can be found here along with an...
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...
News Release
8/12/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....
Video
8/9/2013
Section 3333.2 of California's civil code offers a level of specificity not seen in many parts of the state's laws, a fact that's been debated for months behind closed doors in the Capitol... and now poised to spark an expensive political war in 2014. The law in question, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA),...
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.