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Due to public interest many transplant stories that are properly listed on the news section are also provided here.
There are 13 articles of interest on this web page
Tissue Transplant Issues and Lack of Regulation within the Kaiser and for profit Permanente System
Health and Safety Code 7154(b) prohibits the attending physician, etc., from participating in organ donations.
(b) The time of death must be determined by a physician or surgeon
In the Robyn Libitsky case, the Kaiser physician in Woodland Hills, California did attempt to coerce the family into releasing for transplant cancerous tissues. No government agency in California cares.
There is a great deal of information regarding the apparent "under-the-radar" use of transplant tissues. There is a large cost saving from working "under the radar" and sloppy procurement methods which result in questionable purity of the product itself.
Note to fully understand the seriousness of the following news stories:
MEDICARE CAN PAY FOR DIALYSIS AND TRANSPLANTS EVEN IF YOU ARE UNDER 65. Kaiser could have mentioned this to the patients.
http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/sum99pj/frorc.html (Kaiser has removed this magazine article) It is preserved here:
Kaiser to Pay Record $2-Million Fine for Kidney Program
mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/kaiserrecord2mill.html
Transfer of Kaiser's Kidney Patients Hits Major Delays
Shifting them from the HMO transplant center to UC hospitals will take far longer than thought.
California HMO regulators said this week that it will take months longer than expected to transfer about 2,000 patients out of Kaiser Permanente's troubled kidney transplant center in San Francisco, prolonging patients' dependence on a program that has been plagued by scandal.
mirrored for historical purposes at:http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/kaiser4monthdelay.html
Posted At: http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_128211524.html
May 8, 2006 6:11 pm US/Pacific
Is Kaiser Kidney Transplant Program Ethical? by CBS San Francisco Reporter Anna Werner
The Ben-Aris seem like a carefree family, but they bear a heavy burden. Michaella Ben Ari undergoes painful dialysis three times a week as she waits for a life-saving kidney transplant.
Several other Kaiser Permanente transplant stories linked on the listed above web page.
Kaiser Transplant Patients Express Their Fear and Fury
With reports of disarray added to their existing frustration, some don't want the HMO performing their surgeries.
Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/may6patientfear.html
Originally Posted at:http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-kaiser5may05,1,540717.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage&track=crosspromo
Kaiser Slow to Transfer Patients
Before the HMO opened its kidney transplant center, it failed to alert regulators to the glut of crucial paperwork coming, officials say.
Kaiser Permanente launched its massive kidney transplant program in 2004 without holding basic discussions with regulators about how to safely transfer up to 1,500 of its patients from other programs to its San Francisco center, according to a Times investigation.
Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/kaiserslowtotransplant.html
Originally Posted at:
The HMO would not authorize some patients to receive organs from outside its new program.
Twenty-five Kaiser Permanente patients in Northern California were denied the chance for new kidneys that were nearly perfectly matched to them last year during the troubled start-up of the giant HMO's kidney transplant program in San Francisco, a Times investigation has found.
The patients missed this opportunity because they were in effect stranded between two transplant programs.
Mirrored for Historial Purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/may4transplant.html
May 3, 2006
State Launches Probe Of Kaiser Transplant Program
Originally Posted At: http://cbs5.com/local/local_story_124013245.html
CBS 5) SAN FRANCISCO State regulators confirmed Wednesday that they have launched an investigation into Kaiser Permanente's kidney transplant program after a CBS 5 investigation uncovered numerous accusations of disorganization and delays that may have affected patients' health.
Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/may3kidney.html
May 2, 2006
Originally Posted at: http://cbs5.com/local/local_story_122224454.html
There are over 15,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant in California and although the procedure has become almost routine, waiting for an organ is still difficult.
But now, a CBS 5 investigation has uncovered serious questions about the kidney transplant program at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, leaving some patients to wonder why it's taking so long?
Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/kidneytransplant.html
Kaiser Put Kidney Patients at Risk
By opening its own transplant center in the Bay Area, the HMO harmed recipients' odds of obtaining organs, a Times probe finds.
Diagnosed with liver cancer, Abdul Hakim Al-Warith of McLean wrote a polite but worried letter to his HMO in February 1997 asking it to reverse its position and approve the potentially life-saving liver transplant recommended by specialists at Johns Hopkins University.
Mom fights insurance firm to get lung transplant for son
Union-News (Springfield, MA)
August 24, 1990
Author: MIKE PLAISANCE
STAFF; UNION-NEWS (Springfield, Mass.)
Estimated printed pages: 3
Beryl Ohlson says her battle to get a lung transplant to save her son, Erich, is like being on fire.
"I'm not going to sit back and watch him die," she said this week in her 15 Atwater Circle home.
"I feel like I'm on fire. I'm doing all I can to get the lung transplant."
Complicating matters is the steroid, prednisone, and Ohlson's inability to persuade the Kaiser Permanente company to pay for surgery she says could be done at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Because of a $1-million research donation from Kaiser Permanente, two Amador County boys with a rare genetic disease may soon get experimental transplants that offer the only chance to save their lives.
Kaiser, the state's largest HMO, had refused for
months to pay for umbilical
cord-blood transplants for Hunter Bennett, 4, and his 2-year-old
Tommy. Their 6-year-old sister, Ciara, also has the disease, but is not
eligible for the transplant because the illness has progressed too far.
rejects costly treatment for sick children
regulators widen probe into Kaiser's ills
editorial "Kaiser fine a pittance" is on target. Kaiser's
attempt to move its renal-transplant patients to its own internal and
dysfunctional system is but a symptom of a more fundamental problem.
Twenty-five Kaiser Permanente
patients in Northern California were denied the chance for new kidneys
that were nearly perfectly matched to them last year during the
troubled start-up of the giant HMO's kidney transplant program in San
Francisco, a Times investigation has found.