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Consumers Union News Releases


  • Blaming the Hospital, A Widow Turns Activist

  • Hospitals Tally Their Avoidable Mistakes

    Under laws that took effect last year in Virginia and a few years earlier in the District and Maryland, hospitals must report to health regulators many serious injuries that patients suffer in the course of treatment.

  • VA: 46 Health Care Professionals Linked To Substance Abuse

    Virginia shuffles addicted professionals through a five-year monitoring plan called the Health Practitioners’ Intervention Program. It’s a secretive program meant to keep participants sober and in the health care business

User Submitted Links (8)

  • On April 2, 2009 Edward Waldman posted:

    My Father was the in house attorney for a major hospital in Pittsburgh and told us many stories about people that came in with one problem and left with many others. Many of these due to medical mistakes. His job was to protect the hospital from other lawyers and keep a level playing field. His advise to me was “stay out of the hospital”.

  • On April 29, 2009 Chris Gregoire posted:

    We need stringent oversight of the medical/pharmaceutical community.

  • On May 28, 2009 Belinda Widmaier posted:

    My concern is abuse of Medicare by our elders. My 81 year old father thinks nothing of using the ER or tons of doctors (even specialists) because he has Medicare and a supplemental insurance plan so he goes in, gets some hand holding and leaves without paying a dime. This is criminal. Isn’t there something that we can band together and do about this type of situation? He is physically fit but just mentally unstable (hypochondriacal) thinking he has some disease or syndrome no one can find. His latest is burning feet and legs. He’s been to neurologists, podiatrists, dermatologists and vascular doctors and no one will tell him it is in his head instead of his legs and feet. They prescribe meds but they don’t do any good because they are for a real condition, not an imagined one.

  • On July 16, 2009 Claire Gastanaga posted:

    Second of two articles about the link between making patients safe and reducing health care costs for all.

  • On July 16, 2009 Claire Gastanaga posted:

    First of two articles about the link between making patients safe and reducing health care costs for all.

  • On July 16, 2009 Claire Gastanaga posted:

    Save Lives Save Money … a blog post about the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project and encouragement to action in Virginia.On July 22, 2009 Kathy McNamara posted:

  • As I listen to the current plan for the future of health care and associated escalating costs, I believe that we need to take into account the flagrant abuse of Medicare and Medicaid. I am more familiar with the Medicare. My mother is 82 and has medicare and a supplemental insurance policy. She doesn’t pay a dime for medical treatment and firmly believes that she is entitled to the best medical care in the state of Virginia irregardless of cost. My very strong opinion is that she improperly misuses her insurance benefits. Any little symptom, perceived or read about, then she’s off the see her GP who will graciously refer her to a specialist. Very expensive! While looking through her statements I was appalled at the amount of money she has a total disregard for. I believe she does have medical issues but at the same time I also see a need for attention. Where’s the oversight for Medicare?
  • On July 22, 2009 Daniela posted:

    @ Kathy McNamara: Thanks for commenting. Indeed there is the problem of over-medication and over-treatment in our health care system, which drives up costs. Consumers Union supports quality care that is evidence-based. Some new drugs on the market work no better than cheaper brands, as our Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs has found. More care does not necessarily mean better care.