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Kaiser Heart Patient Horror Stories


Jan 2015 -   Family Blames Kaiser for Cardiac Death - By BARBARA WALLACE 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - A Kaiser cardiac patient died because doctors failed to act when he stopped urinating, his family claims in court.
     Sylvia Mack, widow of Anthony Mack, sued Kaiser and two of its doctors on Dec. 17 in Superior Court, alleging medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Grant High player's mother files wrongful death suit

Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Friday, March 3, 2006
Author: JOHN KILLEN, The Oregonian
SUMMARY: Eddie Barnett Jr., who had been diagnosed with a heart condition, died during a game last year

An attorney for the mother of Eddie Barnett Jr., the Grant basketball player who died after collapsing during a game at Madison on Feb. 23, 2005, has filed a wrongful death suit against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Oregon Health & Science University.

A woman who suffered a massive heart attack and permanent injury filed a $2.2 million lawsuit Wednesday against Kaiser Permanente and several others, including a Kaiser doctor, claiming medical negligence.

In the lawsuit, Caroll Hogan said that on July 28, 1997, she received medical advice and treatment from at Kaiser's Vancouver Medical Office.

2007 - The Susan Kasperski Story

Susan Kasperski is a long time Southern California Kaiser Permanente patient.  She has prepared a chronology of negative events that she had to endure while THRIVING in the hands of Kaiser.  Susan has kept a complete diary over the years.  This is a pretty good example of assembly line medicine in practice and shows just how bad the patient experience is once an illness or disease needs treatment and the patient has no other options.

For financial reasons Susan has been unable to drop Kaiser and obtain medical insurance elsewhere she states. Susan's story is not uncommon.  It is very sad that any patient in this country should be forced to endure such unprofessional treatment.  

Please read her story at:

The Charlene Dyson Story
In May 2004 I went to the Dr. for my blood pressure, asthma and sinuses. Dr. took my pressure and saw it was high. I honestly begged her for a breathing treatment as I have been through this all my life so I know what will get it down. ... Two days later I had a stroke.( in emergency untreated for over 2hrs.)

The Sharon Wolf Story - October 9, 2003 The story of how a young grandmother was not medically treated for heart disease and is now basically abandoned by Kaiser Permanente and their medical system.  The presented information indicates that Sharon could have been saved but is it now too late?  Will medical people finally help Sharon so she will be able to watch her grandchildren grow up?

A Heartfelt Error - Zahman Ahmed victim of Kaiser - Kaiser Santa Clara Story
In May 1995, Zahman Ahmed*, a Silicon Valley tech worker was admitted into a Kaiser Clinic in Santa Clara, Calif. Although Ahmed was complaining of chest pains, the E.R. physicians told him that he looked too slim and healthy to be having a heart attack, denied him any sort of cardiac testing and sent him home.

Kaiser agrees to pay family of man who died while awaiting treatment
An HMO has agreed to pay $5.35 million to a family who claimed that medical cost-cutting led to a man's death from untreated heart disease. 

Lawyers for the family of Ronald Henderson alleged that a plan by Kaiser Permanente's North Texas HMO to cut hospital expenses by 45 percent, plus an HMO official's speech that stressed putting ``the bottom line'' first, led to the 56-year-old man's death. 

Death In Room 512-B/Kaiser Sunset
March 29, 2002 will be the eighth observation of my mother's death in room 512-B, at the L.A. Medical Center-- A.K.A. "Kaiser Sunset."

Just days before her death, Mom had experienced chest pains severe enough that she felt the need for emergency medical treatment; she'd experienced the pain intermittently for one year, though medical tests indicated esophageal spasms were the culprit.

DALLAS -- Kaiser Permanente - An HMO has agreed to pay $5.35 million to a family who claimed that medical cost-cutting led to a man's death from untreated heart disease.

   Lawyers for the family of Ronald Henderson alleged that a plan by Kaiser Permanente's North Texas HMO to cut hospital expenses by 45 percent, plus an HMO official's speech that stressed putting ``the bottom line'' first, led to the 56-year-old man's death.
The HMO agreed to the settlement Tuesday after a test jury in a novel nonbinding minitrial said it would have awarded the family more than 10 times that amount if the case had gone to an actual trial.

Nation’s Wealthiest HMO Leaves Jury Outraged -FORREST SAWYER-

Care Versus Cost

Nation’s Wealthiest HMO Leaves Jury Outraged

Feb. 13, 1998

              FORREST SAWYER
It begins with a malpractice lawsuit in Texas, a family claiming the negligence of the country’s largest HMO, Kaiser Permanente, left their loved one dead.

During the trial, startling evidence emerged, an internal speech by a Kaiser administrator. The administrator painted a picture of a company that appeared willing to risk placing profit above patient welfare. Together with the rest of the evidence, the speech stunned jurors and helped drive Kaiser to settle the lawsuit for millions.

At the heart of all this, the public’s growing fear of health maintenance organizations. Kaiser Permanente has itself endured dozens of lawsuits and three blistering government investigations while across the country HMOs are
losing money and consumer confidence and facing demands for tough new legislation, all this at the same time that more people than ever before are provided medical coverage by HMOs. What’s gone wrong with a system intended to help contain the boiling growth in the cost of health care?

......VALERI WILLIAMS (VO) Dr John Vogt is that official. He’s an associate medical director at Kaiser Permanente in Texas. Little did Vogt know that when he gave that speech to an HMO industry conference in 1995, that it would become such a damaging piece of evidence. The topic? Cutting costs. And these are some
of his more controversial remarks. “The first thing that ever comes out of a Kaiser CEO now is what’s the bottom line,” and, “ ... any time you have to balance the budget, how do you do it? You cut utilization, drop referral rates,
drop your hospitalization. The budget balances. We all go home ... “ And Vogt continued. At one point he refers to Kaiser’s urgent care centers or UCCs. “We basically said to the UCC doctors if you value your job, you won’t say anything about hospitalization. All you’ll say is I think you need further evaluation and Dr Schmoe is going to come in and talk with you.

November 20, 1996 -  Raymond Erickson
Angiogram results not shared with patient, family has to pursue 2nd opinion just in time to save fathers life. (As told by daughter Joni Canada, RN)

On November 20, 1996 my father was given an angiogram whilst an inpatient. The Doctor who gave our family the results recommended against bypass surgery and wanted to discharge him on trial medications. We were not satisfied with these recommendations and sought a second opinion. The second doctor recommended immediate bypass surgery!