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News Posted on September 18, 2013

Professor Ikemoto Comments on 'Patient Dumping' Case for Sacramento Bee

Professor Lisa Ikemoto commented for the Sacramento Bee on a class action lawsuit filed by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera against the state of Nevada for allegedly dumping indigent patients into California. A state-run mental health facility in Nevada is alleged to have bused hundreds of patients to California in an effort to transfer the costs of caring for them to other facilities.

"I haven't seen anything like it," Professor Ikemoto said of the suit. For the plaintiffs to prevail, a judge first would have to certify the suit as a class action, she explained, and then San Francisco would have to prove that Nevada intentionally dumped patients and the cost of caring for them onto the city.

Lisa Ikemoto teaches bioethics and health law courses at the UC Davis School of Law. She has written extensively on genetic and reproductive technology, the regulation of fertility and pregnancy, and race and gender disparities in health care. Her current work examines emerging issues in regenerative medicine, including stem cell research, and the human tissues market.

Sacramento Bee