Financial Woes Hit Southern California Hospitals
KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" on Tuesday included a discussion about a recent Los Angeles Times report that found almost two dozen hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties are at risk of bankruptcy or closure, accounting for 15% of available hospital beds.
Guests on the program included:
- Rob Fuller, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Downey Regional Medical Center;
- Carol Meyer, director of governmental affairs for the L.A. County Department of Health Services; and
- Glenn Melnick, director of the Center for Healthcare Finance Research at the USC School of Policy Planning and Development.
The guests discussed the financial impact of the closure of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, the cost of treating the uninsured and other topics (Olney, "Which Way, L.A.?," KCRW, 9/25).
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