Hospital Group Endorses Tax Measure To Fund Doctors Medical Center
The East Bay section of the Hospital Council has endorsed a measure for the June 8 ballot that would assess single-family homeowners a $52-per-year tax to help fund Doctors Medical Center San Pablo, the Contra Costa Times reports (Contra Costa Times, 4/27). Measure D, which requires two-thirds voter approval to pass, would raise $6 million annually for the West Contra Costa Healthcare District. The district plans to take over operations at Doctors Medical Center in August after Tenet Healthcare, the hospital's current operator, ends its contract with the hospital July 31 (California Healthline, 4/19). Officials for the East Bay section of the council -- which represents all hospitals in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties -- said that passing Measure D is "essential," the Times reports. "Doctors Medical Center must be allowed to continue to provide important hospital and emergency medical care to the residents of West Contra Costa County," Rebecca Rozen, a regional vice president at the Hospital Council, said (Contra Costa Times, 4/27).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.