Healthcare

Shrinking Political World of UHW President Dave Regan

We've been chronicling the ever-shrinking political world of union President Dave Regan, see here, here and here, for a while now, and recent news highlights his dwindling power.
 

State Agency Deal Shortchanges Blue Shield Customers

If a health insurer misrepresents a policy's network of providers and hospitals, shouldn't consumers be protected by state regulators overseeing the insurance company? 
 

Medical Board Moves Toward New Substance Abuse Program. Get It Right, Please

At one time, the California Medical Board had a "diversion program" that allowed physicians caught abusing drugs  and alcohol to choose a secret rehab program to avoid discipline. And the same addicted doctors used this program. Over and over again. All it did was protect bad doctors and harm their patients, which is why it was thankfully abolished nearly eight years ago. 

Doctors on Probation Don't Have to Tell Their Patients

If your doctor had fondled a female patient, should they have to tell you when you have an appointment? What about if they had a substance abuse problem? What about if they had been caught chasing a person down the street with a hatchet? Who wouldn't want to be clearly informed of these major violations (aside from the California Medical Association)

Protected by the Government, Utilities and Insurance Companies Reap Profits

Civic engagement is easy if your sources of revenue and profit are protected by the government.
 

Capitol Watchdog: Meetings to Watch This Week

When and how should you find out if your doctor was put on probation by the California Medical Board? Sloppy medical records, inappropriate behavior with female patients and overprescribing with deadly consequences are a few of the reasons your doctor might be on probation. The Board says that its website's licensing portal is adequate, but patient-safety advocates say that a doctor should tell their patients if they are on probation.

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