On the Verge of an ER Meltdown?

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With LA County having lost six emergency rooms in the past year and several more reportedly on the verge of shutting down, even past skeptics agree that a long-predicted -meltdown- may be about to happen. Last week, it was Elastar Community in East LA. This week it's Northridge Medical Center in Van Nuys. The head of the County-s Emergency Medical Services Agency told the New York Times, -It-s not going to change until somebody in a high position has a family member die because they couldn-t get treatment in an emergency room.- What-s the predictable human cost of more closings? How many people will have to die before we begin to resolve the problem? Warren Olney hears from an official of a local hospital trade organization and a supervisor whose district faces two potential closures.
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Centers for Disease Control on West Nile Virus

Los Angeles Red Car Concept



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton