Re "Law would bar dumping patients on the street," Feb. 22
Making "patient dumping" unlawful is not the answer. Hospitals will then let the homeless still in need of medical care just walk out, forgoing the free ride to skid row.
But the answer is not complex at all:
* There are more than 90,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County every night, yet there is only one recuperative care (post-hospitalization) facility for the homeless consisting of 45 beds, run by the JWCH Institute clinic on skid row. Thus, provide more recuperative-care facilities.
* Studies show that counties pay up to $100,000 per homeless person in emergency room and legal costs a year, whereas providing housing costs about $6,000 a year. Thus, provide more housing for the homeless.