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10/24/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SANTA ROSA, CA: In 2008, two of Dr. Gurney's employees reported that he was ordering large quantities of multiple controlled substances, on a regular basis, that were not used for patient care. They also reported that Dr. Gurney was practicing "all the time" while under the influence. The Medical Board reported that one of his...
News Release
10/23/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
San Diego, CA – Health insurance policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association and consumer advocates supporting Proposition 45, which prohibits excessive rate increases, to deliver a pickup truck containing a ton of steer manure to Blue Shield’s San Diego offices. The Proposition 45 supporters said...
News Release
10/23/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SAN DIEGO, CA: An admitted alcoholic, Dr. Greer has had a long history of alcohol abuse, having started drinking when he was about 15 years old and continuing through medical school. He has been convicted of DUIs three separate times. As a result of his alcoholism, Dr. Greer entered the Medical Board's now-defunct diversion program, which kept...
News Release
10/22/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA: In 2007, Dr. Goldenberg was first found to be high while on duty. A nurse heard him slurring his words and saying inappropriate things. Dr. Goldenberg admitted that he had been abusing codeine cough syrup and sleeping pills while on call. Even so, he was allowed to continue to practice until September 2008, when he was again...
News Release
10/22/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55...
News Release
10/21/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SACRAMENTO, CA: Based on complaints that Dr. Candelaria was providing anesthesia in her husband's office without the requisite training, the Medical Board opened an investigation. The investigation uncovered an instance in which allegedly “Dr. Candelaria was administering anesthesia (believed to be Demerol) intravenously to a patient in...
News Release
10/21/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer...
News Release
10/20/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- On Saturday, the three big health insurance companies that control California’s health insurance market gave another $12 million to their campaign to defeat Proposition 45, which will give California the authority to stop health insurance rate overcharges.   The total insurance industry spending against Consumer...
News Release
10/20/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA – Today U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer stood with victims of medical negligence and families who lost their children to preventable medical error and called on California voters to support the patient safety protections in Proposition 46. Consumer Watchdog released the first Yes on 46 Spanish campaign advertisement, featuring...
News Release
10/17/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A victim of medical negligence at the hands of an Orange County doctor with a history of alcohol abuse, a physician and consumer advocates unveiled a new television ad for Yes on Prop 46 today, highlighting how Prop 46 will identify and deter physician substance abuse with random drug and alcohol testing. The ad pictures a...