Pain & Profit: a 6 part investigation on healthcare in Texas

Part 1: The preventable tragedy of D’ashon Morris

Doctors described him as “happy and playful” and told his foster mother he would be healthy by the time he went to kindergarten. That was before a giant health care company made a decision that saved it as much as $500 a day — and cost D’ashon everything.

Part 2: As patients suffer, companies profit

Imagine being trapped in a bed for more than a year because you can’t get the medical equipment you need. Years of poor oversight by the state have allowed health care companies to skimp on essential care for sick kids and disabled adults.

Part 3: Texas pays companies billions for ‘sham networks’ of doctors

The state tells foster parents that hundreds of psychiatrists will see their kids. We found only 34. Managed-care companies overstate the number of physicians available to treat the state’s sickest patients.

Part 4: ‘Glossover of the horror’

A whistleblower says taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth and sick people are not getting the care they need. Texas fails to act when health care companies put patients in peril.

Part 5: Parents vs. the Austin machine

“You can tell that he’s crying or screaming, but nothing comes out.” Texas families take fight for medically fragile children to the Legislature.

Part 6: ‘Recipe for disaster’

A company’s refusals to cover medical costs, from inexpensive diapers to costly treatments, have made some foster parents’ jobs nearly impossible.

– Dallas News

Read the full series here.