Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog explains that while admin fees are not uncommon, medical facilities are not allowed to bill the consumer. They can either bill the patient's insurance company or the federal government if the patient doesn't have insurance.
The Medical Board of California is charged with protecting the public from dangerous doctors, but it is failing that consumer protection mission. Doctors have the majority of seats on the Board, with 8, while the public has only 7 (and two of those are vacant). With doctors in charge, the Medical Board lets negligent doctors continue to practice and harm Californians with no accountability. Too often, patient complaints about physician negligence are dismissed without the patient ever even being interviewed, and with no consequences for the doctors who cause harm.
On Wednesday Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the Medical Board of California filed an accusation against Dr. Arthur M. Park, accusing him of negligence in the deaths of Demi Dominguez and her baby. This is not the first time he’s been in trouble. Park is currently on probation with the medical board and has been on probation before.
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court explains that thanks to deregulation of the energy market in Texas, utilities there have no incentive to keep things running, because they can jack up prices when demand is very high, like during the current crisis.