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  • Coronary: A True Story of Medicine Gone Awry

    The book "investigated and documented the roles played by physicians, hospital administrators and corporate executives in a ten-year scheme to defraud Medicare and private insurers of tens of millions of dollars by performing unnecessary invasive tests and heart surgery" on patients.
  • Indentured Doctors

    Throughout the United States foreign doctors are being cheated out of wages, coerced into unfair contracts and being kept away from medically needy patients because their bosses are the ones sponsoring their visas. They work for medical residency and are allowed to live in cities and rural areas with shortage of physicians so long as they work full-time. The program was started by the government, but since its creation there has been little oversight to the abuse of the doctors.
  • Still Dying From Katrina

    Two years after Hurricane Katrina, health care in New Orleans is still struggling to catch up with the needs of the community. Factors such as hospital closings, a lack of competent physicians and not enough funds are taking their toll on the citizens, especially the elderly. Katie Couric talked to many still homeless or destitute in the city and found one nurse who is saving as many New Orleans lives as she can.
  • Losing It

    After hearing about a new weight loss drug that was in showbiz circles, Early News reporters went undercover to Tijuana as tourists and were able to purchase the drug, Clenbuterol, at six "farmacias" without a prescription. Further investigation revealed "the growing number of bariatric physicians who are offering medications which are not approved for weight loss for their obese patients." Their reporting further found doctors who said their patients were "abusing their kids' prescriptions for ADHD drugs to drop weight."
  • Suddenly Sick

    In this series, The Seattle Times revealed their findings from an investigation into the medical world. Among other things, they found that: "Pharmaceutical firms have commandeered the process by which diseases are defined." They reported that the World Health Organization and the U.S. Institutes of Health, among others, receive money from drug companies to promote the agendas of those companies. They also found that "some diseases have been radically redefined without a strong basis in medical evidence."
  • Selling Drug Secrets

    Despite confidentiality contracts, doctors are divulging details of their ongoing drug research - for a fee - to elite investors eager to get an edge in the market. Experts say the practice breaks insider trading laws, violates medical ethics and jeopardizes vital research. And government regulators seem to know nothing about it. We found 26 cases in which doctors leaked confidential and critical details of their ongoing research to Wall Street firms.
  • Ailing Hospital, Healthy Pay

    Kern County General Hospital physicians are paid salaries well above the national and regional average. The county also has one of the lowest costs of living in the state. Along with the larger salary, the physicians receive full county benefits, including a special retirement plan designed just for them. The doctors are also allowed to bill insurers and keep almost all of the money. They are also allowed to operated their own private medical practices and work at nearby hospitals.
  • Patients in the Dark

    The story investigated what patients aren't being told about their doctors, and what they are unable to find out even if they ask. Utah law prevents patients knowing whether a doctor is currently in treatment for substance abuse, or has been in the past, hospital disciplinary history, basic information about malpractice suits etc. The Physicians Licensing Board, meanwhile, seldom severely restricts the practice of even the most troubled doctor, preferring to provide repeated 'second' chances.
  • Special Treatment: Disciplining Doctors

    Hospitals and state medical boards across the United States have given physicians repeated chances to keep practicing, despite well-documented alcohol and drug problems. Even doctors that have criminal records do not have their doctor's licenses revoked. This is due partially to the practice that allows doctors to move to another state and start a new job before the paperwork being slowly processed caught up with them. It is also due to loopholes in the National Practitioner Data Bank.
  • The Entrepreneurial Dealings of Physicians

    The reporter investigated entrepreneurial dealings of physicians and its consequences for patients and the health care system.