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  • The BOMEX Files

    The Phoenix New Times finds that Arizona's State Board of Medical Examiners, which regulates 14,000 doctors, rarely disciplines its own. BOMEX accumulated a backlog of nearly 1,000 complaints and took months and even years to deal with complaints against incompetent and dangerous physicians.
  • The poor and the pregnant: How hospitals discriminate

    Los Angeles Times investigation finds that women who are poor and pregnant are among the most vulnerable members of American society today. The series shows how physicians of the poor -- both public and private -- placed profit over care, even in the delivery room.
  • "No Cuts, No Glory"

    Dick Rothman, an othopedic surgeon who has run the biggest practice of its kind in the United States, is taking his practice public. But the nation's oldest hospital -- Pennsylvania Hospital -- can't imagine letting him go. He's their most productive surgeon, bringing in millions of dollars annually for the institution. Rothman is the quintessential specialist physician who practiced in an era doctors, particularly specialists, were the center of the health care universe. Now, the federal government, insurance companies and health-maintenance organization tell doctors what to charge. This article explores the reasons why Rothman will have no part of it.
  • Mammography: Too Young to Die

    "This work is the result of nine months of investigation and reporting in the United States, Canada and Sweden. The report ultimately exposed how the federal agency charged with this nation's war on cancer has not been telling the truth. KCBS reveals how many American women and physicians have been misled by the National Cancer Institute's policy on mammography. The investigation documents the N.C.I. admitting for the first time, that its mammography policy for women in their forties is a mistake. This series has been credited by members of the U.S. Congress, the American Cancer Society and some of the world's top experts in breast cancer for triggering the first National Institutes of Health hearing into this matter to be held January 21, 1997."
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    Maine Times investigates the world of medical insurance and looks at insurers' reluctance to cover patients seeking "alternative" cures. Restrictions on physicians under managed care programs mean that patients may not be encouraged to try all possibilities - especially unconventional healing methods which may work but have not been government approved. (April 4-10, 1996)
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    Throughout America there are thousands of doctors--working in hospitals, clinics and private offices--who hurt and even fatally injure patients through incompetence or carlessness yet remain in active practice. Although only 5 to 10 percent of licensed physicans pose a significant risk to patients, that translates to 31,000 to 65,000 physicians. The Parade looks at the injuries or deaths some of these doctors have caused, how to identify them and what can be done to avoid them. (April 14, 1996)
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    WFTS-TV conducts a two-part investigation into doctors in the Tampa Bay area with extremely serious criminal or malpractice problems who are still practicing medicine. The series found that repeated prison terms related to a doctor's practice may not even revoke the privilege to practice medicine in Florida. Records on complaints about physicians are often kept secret so patients have no way of knowing their doctor's background. (April 27 & 28, 1995)
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    After analyzing more than 100 million records, the Cox Newspaper series reported that dozens of doctors are billing cash-strapped Medicare for more than $1 million each year. Most of the physicians are opthalmologists who specialize in assembly line cataract procedures. (Aug. 20 - 22)
  • patients at Risk

    The Sun-Times investigates the process that patients must go through in order to file formal complaints against physicians, and finds that despite the extensive proceedure, the state of illinois rarely takes disiplinary action. Feb. 19, 1995
  • Bones of Contention

    Chiropractors make up this country's third largest medical profession (after physicians and dentists) and are licensed to practice without supervision or referral from medical doctors in every state. Health magazine looks at the growth of this profession and compares it to other specialists. (July/August 1993)