September 11, 2000
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For years Kaiser Permanente denied that Mr. Marin Pitu had anything wrong with
when physicians have a financial interest in ownership of an insurance
company/program this type of action is often considered "intentional
delay in diagnosis". Very rarely is it considered an oversight or
Then one day, just out of the blue, without any warning, Kaiser
Permanente claimed that they had discovered that Mr. Marin Pitu needed
an emergency, experimental, life saving liver transplant.
Mr. Pitu, was a 15 year
paying patient of Kaiser.
Liver transplants cost
all insurance medical programs a lot of money.
medical insurance program acts dishonestly, it is more cost effective
for them to allow a treatable disease or illness to develop to the life
threatening stage when an outside entity or third party such as our
government or a drug company will pay for the treatment, and then also
assume responsibility for the resultant long term financially expensive
companies sometimes receive money from the
government or a drug company for emergency experimental programs. It
appears that is why Kaiser did not discover this long developing
disease sooner. In general, if a disease is allowed to
develop to the life threatening stage before formal discovery,
requiring a transplant and expensive follow-up care, the Federal
Government will assume responsibility for treatment. This is a
cost effective, and dishonest practice for insurance companies.
It is also very damaging and very expensive for the patient.
then becomes involved in paying for the patient care. So the citizens
of this country are then responsible for the medical care and
maintenance of patients that medical insurance companies have denied
their paying patients. In many circles, this is often referred to as a
As it turned out, if only those people at Kaiser had diagnosed this
developing disease before it became life threatening, Mr. Pitu might never have needed any type of
transplant at any time. Nor would he be going through this mess
that Kaiser created today.
Even though California resident Mr. Pitu had medical insurance coverage that did cover
transplants, it was only when his condition became life threatening and was within the
criteria of an experimental program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, did Kaiser
bother to mention that there was a problem.
Kaiser had joined with the Mayo in contract to provide liver transplant
services in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Pitu and other
patients that did participate in this experimental program state that
the care at
the Mayo is superior to Kaiser on any day.
Mr. Pitu and the other Kaiser Liver Transplant Patients that the
Kaiser Papers does know of are very grateful that they were able
to extend their lives with the Mayo Hospital's Assistance. They
are also very unhappy that Kaiser Permanente couldn't bother to
diagnose and treat them before their conditions became life
threatening. Certainly most of them would never have had to go through
this ordeal if they had received a diagnosis and medical treatment.
Anyway, here are two photographs of what happens to a patient at
Kaiser that has a delayed diagnosis and ends up needing an emergency
experimental liver transplant. These photos are graphic, you are warned, and
still have the opportunity to not look.
As you can see, Mr. Pitu's feet are quite swollen as a result of this