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News Release
10/11/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...
Video
10/10/2013
KABC Coverage of a Consumer Watchdog press conference regarding patient safety. The CA Medical Board estimates 18% of doctors abuse drugs or alcohol. It's time to change this. A proposed patient safety ballot measure requires mandatory drug testing of physicians in California. Learn more at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/pee
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...
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...
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
8/13/2013
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.
Video
7/31/2013
Buoyed by support from the consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, Danville father Bob Packs has formally submitted a measure to the state that would raise the medical malpractice awards cap for non-economic injuries, a move sure to inflame tensions on a longstanding debate. The initiative would require several policy changes targeted at...
News Release
7/25/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Jamie Court & Bob Pack
Danville, CA -- Bob Pack, who lost his seven year old daughter and ten year old son on a roadside nine years ago, filed a ballot measure in California today to address the drug overdose and physician accountability issues at the heart of his family’s tragedy. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, which will require 504,760 valid...
News Release
6/25/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Ten doctors that the California Medical Board failed to take off the streets before repeated acts of negligence and patient endangerment harmed or killed their patients make the case for reforming California's patient safety laws, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog released a "Top Ten Dangerous...