July 28, 2013
Re "Kaiser's rising premiums spark employer backlash," July 25 Why is HMO Kaiser Permanente raising its premiums through the roof? In his book "Deadly Spin," former insurance company executive Wendell Potter wrote that the health insurance industry is dominated by a few large companies that have no reason to keep rate increases reasonable. I say that if insurance companies such as Kaiser Permanente continue to raise rates with impunity, don't be surprised if voters demand the public insurance option that President Obama originally proposed as part of his healthcare reform plan.
August 15, 1990
Kaiser Electronics in San Jose won a $225,270 contract to supply circuit card assembly to the Army.
July 13, 1997
For years I've been critical of the HMO/managed-care philosophy. It seemed to be a sure-fire loser for the individual consumer to pit health care against an institutionalized profit motive. However, even I didn't think that a major HMO, Kaiser Permanente, would be so greedy as to invest in the tobacco industry ("Kaiser Getting Rid of Tobacco Investments," June 26). Just because Kaiser is not violating any law by investing in Philip Morris Cos. does not excuse Kaiser's conduct. Words like hypocritical, irresponsible and amoral come to mind to describe Kaiser's callousness.
May 20, 2002
Kaiser Permanente's recent attempt at cost-cutting should anger and frighten anyone who's ever made an anxious middle-of-the-night call to his or her HMO to determine whether a 3-year-old with a fever needs to see a doctor. The Kaiser program, now canceled, rewarded telephone clerks for spending as little time as possible handling calls from patients and for making as few doctor appointments as possible. Telephone triage is a frustrating fact of life in the modern health-care system.
April 23, 1998 |
Beckman Coulter Inc. said it has received a five-year contract to provide clinical chemistry analyzers to Kaiser Permanente. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The Fullerton-based company said Kaiser will use the equipment in the HMO's medical centers, medical office laboratories and clinics. Beckman said it expects the contract to generate "significant sales." Beckman Coulter provides instruments for laboratories, life sciences and clinical diagnostics.