Quick Facts About Kaiser Permanente
"It's important for HMOs to realize that there's a debt to society when laws are broken."
Daniel Zingale - The Former Director of the California Department of Managed Health Care
In the 2001 Form 990 filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, it was reported that $2.2 million was spent on lobbying. Of this total, $1.7 million was spent on "Direct contact with legislators, their staffs, government officials, or a legislative body."
Number of Patients per Physician
A Calif. appellate
court has ruled that a mandatory
arbitration agreement is not binding on adult children suing for
death of a parent.
Good Things that happen if you get rid of Kaiser for
we have noticed -
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on August 31, 2003 -"Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them, you owe them something." Is he saying that Kaiser has no power or influence in this world? If as they say they do have power and influence then why did he accept$150,000.00 from Kaiser? - What is Kaiser going to want back from him in return? When will Kaiser want their favor returned by him? I was probably our Governor's biggest supporter until I learned he had accepted money from Kaiser. I hope that he gives Kaiser their money back.
Did you know that not only does Kaiser Permanente NOT pay taxes but they have laid off people and sent work overseas to India, Pakistan and other countries! Sounds UNAMERICAN to me. I wonder if the Federal and State Governments that gave Kaiser big contracts are aware of this. People may want to let their US and State Senators know that American workers have lost jobs because Kaiser sent their work out of the country. Members of the American public that have Kaiser for health insurance might also inquire if their personal data is in a big computer in India or some other country as well. I would sure hate to have someone out of this country gain access to my personal data, especially with all the problems that are going on around the world today.
What is a non profit organization in the United States?
Not-for-profit is a technical qualification that allows Kaiser to escape taxation and misleads people into thinking they are not in the business of making money.
Non-profit is the term for an organization not in business for profit. Kaiser does not often use this term.
Kaiser Permanente is not truly the "not-for-profit" it advertises itself to be. "Not-for-profit" is a technical qualification used by many medical organizations to escape taxation. In Kaiser’s case it is also used as a marketing ploy to portray itself as a charitable and benevolent health care provider. In fact, the "not-for-profit" status only applies to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (the premium collecting entity) and the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. In the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Form 990 filing (Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax) for 2001, there are 13 subsidiaries listed as for-profit entities.
Currently, it is a felony for any person to deliberately advise or encourage another person to commit suicide. - California Penal Code 401
code is included in this section because patients are often badgered to
commit suicide by corporate representatives. They do this not
spare the patient anything. They do this to not provide
care and have to pay for medical personnel to care for the patient.
The truth is that many of our Insurance Commissioners, Medicare and Legislators are very aware what Kaiser Permanente and other HMO's are doing to people. See: medicalserialkillers.kaiserpapers.org - section on Odyssey Health Cares methods to make a profit in an industry that technically should never be profitable.
They have more than enough proof to shut them down today but they choose to not do much of anything. I have to wonder why? In this country we should not tolerate corporations intimidating and abusing patients and their loved ones to save a buck.
As for their being the largest not for profit in California well that is true. Of course they don't bother to mention that there are only about 2 or three all together in this state, maybe in the entire country serving large government sponsored programs. They also don't mention that in general Blue Cross and other HMO's which are for profit are cheaper, have lower co-pays for office visits, lower prescription co-pays and that you aren't stuck with often unavailable physicians. They don't bother to mention that as with other insurance HMO plans that you don't have the freedom to walk away from any physician that you no longer trust, like or just don't want to see.
"Bigger" doesn't mean "Better."
In The State of California the only nurse that can give a controlled substance to a patient in a facility is a Registered Nurse. Aides can't do it, vocational's can't do it and the janitor can't do it at all. No matter what anyone tells you differently aides, vocationals and the janitor cannot do it - It is against the law and is not any industry standard.
In a brief study of cost differences between states with binding mandatory arbitration in Kaiser contracts and those that do not have a mandatory arbitration clause in their Kaiser contracts, we have found that there is no substantial difference in cost of premiums. Binding mandatory arbitration does not appear to have any bearing at all on the patients premium cost.
In 2001 the population of Los Angeles County was 9,637,494. Kaiser claims to have 8.2 million patients for the entire country. -- Overall they really are not a very large company. They are just a company with a large budget for advertising.
The Kaiser Permanente of today has very little to do with the original Kaiser Permanente.
While the company has become very profitable and has paid a lot of money for positive PR I think that the current management today bears little resemblance to what the Kaiser Family intended and had set up.
From Appendix C.— Selected Activities in Medical Technology Assessment
Some prepaid group practices have also had experience with medical technology assessment. The Department of Medical Methods Research of the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program (KPMCP) of Northern California has conducted research on the utilization of modern technology for the development of improved methods of providing and delivering medical care within the KPMCP (72). The primary purpose of the department’s Division of Technology Assessment is to aid in the selection of the most cost-effective technology.
The process of assessment the division uses is
quite different from
that employed elsewhere, primarily
In addition, there are no savings from the purchases of equipment that could increase cash flow.
Thus, the incentives are for low-cost technology that maintains or improves the effectiveness of medical care.
Kaiser Emergency Room Care for Medicaid/Medi Cal Patients
Under the newest interpretations of EMTALA, every
federal funds in any form (including Kaiser)
So Kaiser can try to allow the rumor to spread that they
do not treat
the uninsured or straight Medi-Cal, but they
to join an HMO.
And if you choose Kaiser, you simply don't know enough about Kaiser. So why pay premiums? Health insurance is for when you're sick!
If the HMO isn't going to be there for you when you'resick, you're wasting your money. Or, better yet, buy a decent medigap policy that will help you go to the doctor & hospital of your choice when you get sick." -
Dr. Harvey Frey
There is no sound reason for any human to be a part of the Kaiser Program
From The Corporate Takeover of American Health Care
A confidential Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region Business Plan for 1995 through
1997 reveals the mentality of corporate costcutting in the delivery of patient services. Below are some excerpts from the plan.
Kaiser’s Cost-Cutting Tactics:
1. Reducing the number of patients hospitalized by more than 30 percent;
2. “Shifting surgical cases from inpatient to outpatient (i.e., gall bladders,mastectomy/lumpectomy,appendectomy)”;
3. Rationing high-cost prescription drugs;
4. “Aligning physician bonus pay and leadership compensation to target achievement,” (i.e.,
giving doctors bonuses for reducing hospital admissions);
5. “Implementing care paths for chest pain and stroke,” (i.e., discharging patients early or removing
them early from Intensive Care);
6. “Reducing staff in surgical and primary care specialties...”;
7. Requiring “alternatives for Skilled Nursing Facility admissions and lengths of stay,” (i.e., moving
patients into nursing homes or their own homes).
Kaiser Care - Patient Beware
elsewhere if you care about yourself or your family.
In the last three years Kaiser Permanente has received 63.9% of all fines in the history of The California Department of Managed Health Care. Kaiser Permanente was fined $1,635,000.00. All other combined HMO fines totaled $925,500.00.
Each eligible physician is allowed to purchase two shares of CAPMG stock after twenty-four months of service, a third share after thirty-six months, and a fourth share after forty-eight months of service -
And Kaiser doctors still say that they don't have a special interest in company profit! The last that I heard one share runs around $10,000.00
The Permanente is a for profit hospital that is owned by the physicians that work for Kaiser Health Insurance - That is all it is.
The physician's have a financial interest in keeping the Permanente's costs as low as possible. That is how they make money.
Less output, more money for them.
Permanente is a business entity that makes and
tries to keep it's money.
Health is an insurance company that is in the business
to make money - period! They were set up originally to provide
medical care for workers
that were far from conventional
medical care, such as manual laborers in the fields or factory workers
not near any hospital. It
was merely a convenience for
the company to keep the worker functional. It never was for the
interest. It never has been or is today a
business that is kind and concerned about your best interest. It is
in existence to
make money - period!
that Kaiser uses where Anthrax patients died.
Form for Kaiser Nurses to perform Colon Biopsies
SEEKS OUT ASSISTED-SUICIDE DOCTORS
is now only
available in limited areas in the following U.S. States:
Recently we have received numerous reports of in
hospital and at home
Kaiser patients dying from urinary tract infections
We have also several recent
all Porphyria Victims: The SSA
is now recognizing porphyria
as a valid disease.
Welch of the Welch Company in San Francisco has prepared an impartial
of his medical treatment at KP! This
is very well prepared material.
How could Kaiser Permanente have listened to Arthur Anderson on how to screw over the patients? http://www.newsandletters.org/Issues/2002/Jan-Feb/enron_Jan02.htm
According to the US Census Bureau
the population of the United States as of July, 2001 was
Kaiser claims to
provide medical care for
to The California Department Of Managed Health
Care in the Year 2000 within the first three months of
other links to Kaiser experimentation on children
Measles Child Experimentation by Kaiser Information