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5/29/1998
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Paige Lancaster - Virginia Eleven year-old Paige Lancaster's HMO delayed giving her important medical tests for her frequent headaches, letting a tumor grow unchecked for four years. According to the Lancasters, the HMO had an incentive program in place to pay bonuses...
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5/28/1998
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Lillian Jeffries - Sun City, CA As told by Lillian Jeffries: My medical problems began in 1997, when, after suffering from severe sciatica pain (a nerve condition), I underwent a hip replacement surgery on the advice of my doctors. Since that surgery, my condition...
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5/26/1998
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Bill Beaver - Pollock Pines, CA As told by Bill Beaver: One morning in 1993 I was out running and I began to have problems with one of my legs. I went to my HMO to have it checked out but was told it was nothing serious. But my leg problems persisted. I began to have...
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5/22/1998
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Matt Scwabe - Davenport, IA According to court records and personal reports: On July 9, 1991, Matt Scwabe was accidentally shot by a friend, leaving him a quadriplegic. As a result, Matt's medical needs were extensive. Every two to four hours, he needed attention:...
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5/22/1998
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Dallas George - Davenport, IA According to personal accounts: Dallas George was on heart medication when he switched jobs in 1990. When he decided to take the new job, Dallas made sure his new employee health plan would cover future costs related to his previous open...
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5/21/1998
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John McGann - Houston, TX "Any type of insurance that can be taken away at a moment's notice is the equivalent of having no type of insurance at all." According to court documents: When John McGann was diagnosed with AIDS, he turned to his employer's health...
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5/20/1998
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Kyle, 3 - Bakersfield, CA As told by his mother: Our son, Kyle, got his health care through his father's employer. In 1992, Kyle began having ear problems when he was only 6 months old. Because it took our HMO so long to get the specialized treatment he needed, Kyle is...
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5/19/1998
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Melody Louise Johnson, 16 - Norco, CA According to personal accounts: The serious disease of a child is one of the most stressful occurrences in a family's life. While Melody's family should have been devoting all of their time and energy to helping Melody deal...
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5/18/1998
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Diana McNair - Joshua, TX As told by Diana McNair: I have been struggling with my HMO since 1990. Every action that I have had to take is like taking a 4 year old to the dentist for a filling. I have not been able to do anything as easy and carefree as the HMO...
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5/15/1998
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Honora Wempren - La Mesa, CA As told by his daughter, Patricia Berry: Even though I have been in nursing nearly 25 years and have worked directly with cardiologists for the last 12 years, I was unable to protect my father from his HMO and get him the care he needed....