Trouble Ahead for Those Needing a Public Hospital?

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Faced with an $ 800 million deficit, LA County is planning massive healthcare cuts, including conversion of High Desert Hospital into an outpatient clinic. The shortfall may also force the closure of public hospitals. Although the poor and uninsured appear to be those hardest hit, even those with insurance could be affected because these facilities are an integral part of the trauma system, which serves anyone that needs treatment. We hear how it works and whether more taxes will keep the system afloat from a doctor whose life was saved by a public hospital, the medical director of Harbor-UCLA Med Center, and the head of the business-oriented advocacy group California Taxpayers Association.
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LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Texas Transportation Institute

LA County Department of Health Services

California Taxpayers Association

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

World Cup



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton