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Associated Oregon Industries Viewpoint March/April 1996
"On Jan.5, PacifiCare was slapped with $20,000 in state fines for improperly denying coverage of emergency room visits."
The Business Journal, 1/12/96
"...it's true if you withhold services from patients, money will be saved."
"I think sometimes necessary care isn't being provided. Efforts to control costs resulted in (patient ) being seen by a nurse, rather than physician, and that may very well have made the difference in the treatment she was provided."
Jeff Withol, Attorney who won $400,000 settlement from Kaiser in woman's death
The Oregonian, 5/1/96
"...at some level, that's probably true,"
Dr. Matt Shelley, President Health First, on perception
capitation means withholding care
After Mrs. Thomas won a $1 million settlement
"A Multnomah County jury on Tuesday awarded $400,000 to the family of a woman who died of a heart attack the morning she was scheduled to see a physician at Kaiser Permanente. In 1993, (the woman) had twice been seen by a nurse for chest pain but never examined by a physician..."
"I think sometimes necessary care isn't being provided. Efforts to control costs resulted in (the woman) being seen by a nurse rather than a physician, and that may very well have made the difference in the treatment she was provide, (according to Attorney Jeff Withol)."