Sorry, so the title is another bad attempt to be imitate an old Spanish movie but the problem is real enough. If the formula is, increase the number of jobs available without insurance, add more people moving into a county without regular access to physicians, reduce the number of community clinics, and limit the amount of services at county hospitals, then the result will be more and more people showing up in the ER at other local hospitals. And of course if this is in LA County, all those problems are going to be magnified. The study claims that at "40 private hospitals reporting jumps in
emergency room visits by the uninsured, the cost of caring for them
rose from $63 million in 2000 to $77.5 million in 2004." So amazingly enough, the health care system for the people at the bottom appears to be connected to the one for the rest of us? Who’d have thought it, in this day and age when there are no social problems, no issues with inequality, and we’re all happy in Arnie’s golden state?