“Along with Molina, health department officials, physician and hospital trade groups and independent consultants all urged that the new hospital be built to hold 750 beds. Advocates said that capacity was needed to allow the county to provide life-saving care to anyone unable to afford it, as required by California law.”
, by Rong-Gong Lin II, LA Times, June 26, 2010 and additional comments
Oh, it’s worse than that. The original County hospital had about 900 beds and Womens and Childrens hospital down the street from it had about 650 and they’ve both been crammed into a 600 bed new LAC USC hospital. I am told there are only 19 pediatric beds in the whole building. Thanks Michael Antonovich, Yvonne B. Burke, Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky, thanks a lot you westside class warrior idiots. Betcha no County patients are getting beds in Cedars Sinai Hospital. I mean, LAC USC is in Molina’s district, she might know what her own district needs more than anyone else. Geeze.
And before anyone says anything stupid: illegal immigration has nothing to do with this problem. Los Angeles has considerably more than 600 working poor U.S. citizens in need of medical care and no insurance, alas.