"This is a story not just of tragic medical outcomes, but of a health plan that did not prevent them..."
Paris Bessard died at the age of nine months. Kaiser settled an arbitration claim with Paris' mother, Tanella. From the investigative report by the Los Angeles Times:
As far back as 2002, a physician review committee at the hospital concluded that Safari provided "inappropriate" care and that his "conduct needed significant improvement," according to a lawsuit later filed by two of his peers. Still, the doctor continues to work at Kaiser Fresno, practicing under restrictions that staffers say have not been explained to patients...CLiCK here to read more
The board also has faulted Kaiser, the nation's largest HMO with 6.5 million members in California. The health plan made the board's investigation of Safari "protracted and difficult" by providing incomplete medical records, a spokeswoman said...
Not having a perinatologist on staff was getting very costly for Kaiser. So costly, that they apparently kept Dr. Safari on board despite numerous red flags raised about him.
What Was Kaiser Fresno Thinking? Feel free to ask...
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