Cutting Corners 

Critics of Kaiser's cost-cutting efforts warn of the dangers of an HMO policy in which sick patients with shaky hands must split their own pills.

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But Phillips is not about to back down, even if the courts reject his cause.

"In paramedic systems, which I've set up, it often takes the death of someone prominent to make the system improve," he says. "We thought with this suit we could try to avoid harm by pointing out what is clearly bad care. Maybe we have to see the harm spelled out before we can put an end to it."

Phillips hopes he doesn't see that day come. But if it does, he promises it won't go unnoticed.

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