ARE BAD FOR HEALTHCARE
"Do you want
to spend money on lawyers or on health care?"
National Association of Manufacturers
"The tort system
doesnt do a very good job of consumer protection."
Karen Ignagni, President and
American Association of Health Plans
Patients Bill of Rights
would "bankroll frivolous lawsuits by his rich trial lawyer friends."
reasonable, necessary, appropriate
and community standard simply fail when it comes to helping
health plans allocate their members resources wisely
plans are taken to court, it is almost always because of a dispute over
David Eddy, M.D., Ph.D.
Internationally recognized expert on healthcare rationing
Reality of How This Stuff Works
Lawyers are Good for HMOs
"Kaiser Permanente has whittled
down its outside legal help from 150 law firms to four
cutbacks are expected to save the company up to 20 percent in outside
legal fees, which reached up to $l0 million in 1997.
Kaisers San Francisco based
law firm has approximately 375 attorneys in five offices:
San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
This firm will offer legal representation in labor, employment, business
and health, and regulatory litigation."
San Francisco Business
- In 1997, Kaiser Permanente spent at
least $10 million on outside trial lawyers in addition to salaries
and benefits of trial lawyers employed by the HMO.
Ms. Cantor-Weinberg, arent
HMOs spending outrageous amounts of money on trial lawyers to violate
patient rights and protections instead of providing healthcare?
- Kaiser Permanente thinks trial lawyers
do a very good job of protecting HMOs in labor, employment, business,
health and regulatory litigation.
Ms. Ignagni, wouldnt the tort system do a very
good job of consumer protection if patients had the right to sue
and had lawyers to enforce that right?
- Kaiser Permanentes outside trial
lawyer friends (to say nothing of its numerous in-house staff of trial
lawyers) suck more than $10 million a year out of patient premiums
that could pay for tests and treatments.
Mr. Reed, dont the facts show that HMOs have "rich,
trial lawyer friends," not patients?
- Kaiser Permanentes hundreds of
trial lawyers squander members resources to defend the HMO in
wrongly denying "reasonable, necessary and appropriate"
tests and treatments.
Dr. Eddy, when HMOs get taken
to court, isnt it almost always due to "stealth" healthcare
rationing, and never due to the wise allocation of members resources?
Responses Will Be
violate patient rights.
Patients need lawyers to enforce their rights.