“One Spring morning in 1993 Lamona Adams took her six-month-old son,
James, to a Kaiser Permanente medical office in suburban Atlanta. A
doctor prescribed medication for an upper-respiratory infection. By
3:50 the next morning, however, the boy’s condition had worsened.
James vomited, was limp and panting, and had a temperature of 104.
Adams called Kaiser’s after-hours number and was instructed to take
James to the Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, about 40 miles
away, which had a contract with the HMO. Thirty miles into the trip
James lost consciousness, and the Adamses detoured to the nearest
hospital. But by the time they arrived, the infant was in full
cardiac arrest. An emergency-room team revived him, then sent him by
ambulance to the Scottish Rite medical center, but permanent damage
had already occurred. A few days later his hands were amputated, and
he also suffered partial amputation of his legs.
The Adamses sued, claiming that Kaiser should have treated the case as
an emergency. Kaiser maintains Scottish Rite was the best choice
because it specializes in children. But a jury awarded $45 million to
the Adamses, who later settled with Kaiser for an undisclosed amount.
The youngster will need care for the rest of his life.”
Reader’s Digest, November, 1998.
Evidently, since 1993, the laws and/or patient contracts with Kaiser
have been changed, because you can not sue Kaiser Permanente for
killing and maiming. They can just kill and maim thousands and
thousands of infants, children, and adults with impunity.
The same is true of other HMOs, but Kaiser may be the worst.