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NATIONAL
February 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Pregnant women can be given a low-dose epidural early in labor without raising their chances of a caesarean section, according to a study that could change the way obstetricians practice and make childbirth less painful. The finding could lead doctors in the U.S. to consider offering early epidurals to hundreds of thousands more women in first-time labor each year.
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BUSINESS
June 27, 1999
I was appalled by the article "Women Denied Epidurals File Class-Action Lawsuit" [June 17]. These women did not pay a dime for their state-of-the-art health care, while our hospitals are closing due to lack of funds. Insured patients are charged at least 35% more for their care to make up for the cost of treating uninsured and indigent patients. Now we taxpayers will have to provide the cost of legal representation and whatever settlement or damages are assessed by these women on public assistance.
NEWS
July 11, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health officials have ordered Northridge Hospital Medical Center to pay refunds to hundreds of poor mothers who were wrongly charged cash for delivery-room epidural anesthesia during the last five years. The payments could total $120,000 to between 200 and 300 eligible women, said John Lockhart, hospital spokesman. It was the hospital's first acknowledgment that the practice was widespread since The Times disclosed it last month.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight women who say they were denied or forced to pay cash for anesthesia during childbirth have filed a class-action lawsuit against several Southern California hospitals alleging violations of the state's consumer protection laws. The suit claims that several hospitals, including Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the medical group contracted to provide anesthesia services there, have unfair business practices.
NEWS
July 2, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Northridge Hospital Medical Center plans to apologize publicly today to a woman who was denied epidural anesthesia because she could not pay cash up front while having a baby there last summer, and has promised the state of California that such incidents will not recur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a dozen blinking television cameras and a host of reporters, officials at Northridge Hospital Medical Center apologized Thursday to a Medi-Cal patient who was denied epidural anesthesia while giving birth to her child there last summer. One by one, the hospital's president, chief of staff, head of obstetrics and others expressed regret that Ozzie Chavez, a Canoga Park mother of five, was refused an epidural block because she could not pay cash up front to the anesthesiologist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health officials have ordered Northridge Hospital Medical Center to pay refunds to hundreds of poor mothers who were wrongly charged cash for delivery-room epidural anesthesia during the last five years. Between 200 and 300 mothers will receive payments of $400 each--the amount of money they were required to pay to receive a form of anesthesia known as epidural block, said hospital spokesman John Lockhart.
HEALTH
March 15, 1999 | SANDRA G. BOODMAN, WASHINGTON POST
Women who were attended by doulas, experienced laywomen who provide comfort and information during childbirth, are significantly less likely to require epidural anesthesia and are more likely to rate the birth experience as positive than women who don't have such support, according to a study by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Francisco. Nancy P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state investigation found San Dimas Community Hospital forced poor women in labor to pay cash for epidural anesthesia during childbirth, a county health official said Tuesday. In a continuing inquiry of hospitals, San Dimas becomes the sixth area hospital discovered to have demanded cash for anesthesia from women in labor. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where the practice was first discovered, still appears to be the hospital where the majority of cases occurred.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2002 | Joel Greenberg, Times Staff Writer
Spencer Tunick is realistic about his ultimate goal in life: "I shouldn't be so confident that I can get the entire country naked," he says with a shrug. The photographer has become well known for organizing dozens to thousands of nude volunteers into "performances" in which they are grouped together, usually prone, to form a new shape; his photos are records of these events. Tunick is the perfect protagonist for tonight's PBS program "Skin" (8 p.m.
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