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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1993
Los Angeles County's health director has come under blistering criticism for failing to inform the Board of Supervisors until recently about the potential failure of a $65-million computerized billing system. After upbraiding Health Services Director Robert C. Gates for failing to disclose severe problems with the computer system, the Board of Supervisors ordered a secret report on the reasons the problems occurred--prompting critics to complain that the action was a cover-up.
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NEWS
August 22, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
White Memorial Medical Center has scheduled a class to educate seniors citizens and care givers about cardiovascular disease and will offer tests for those at risk for the condition. The medical center will offer cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at the Privilege Plus Senior Resource Center, 1720 Brooklyn Ave. Privilege Plus will hold a hypertension class from 1 to 3 p.m.
NEWS
May 30, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Officials of the East Los Angeles Health Task Force last week filed a claim for damages against the county and Sheriff's Department stemming from a March 30 eviction attempt. Executive director Susan Arellano said the claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the county. In another development, the task force received an order two weeks ago from the county to vacate its 3,100-square-foot space at Centro Maravilla, 4716 E. Brooklyn Ave.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1992 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A national survey says Los Angeles--for the second year running--has America's highest health insurance rates, but the finding may say more about how Angelenos are insured than at what cost. The survey by the New York actuarial and consulting firm of Milliman & Robertson ranked Los Angeles No. 1--most expensive--among 1,050 U.S. cities, with small employers paying an average monthly premium of $668 for a typical package of health benefits. That was 78% higher than the national average of $375.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last June, AIDS activists handing out free hypodermic syringes to heroin addicts in South-Central Los Angeles were confronted by an angry group of community leaders who believed the giveaway promoted drug use. Undaunted, the distributors--a committee of the militant ACT-UP LA group that calls itself Clean Needles Now--temporarily shifted their focus to a drug-inundated neighborhood closer to downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1992
Health officials on Friday warned county residents to take precautions against the St. Louis encephalitis virus after chickens at three county test centers--in Irwindale, Monterey Park and the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles--were found to have contracted it. The virus, which causes swelling of the brain and spinal chord, is transmitted from birds to people through bites by mosquitoes that have previously bitten infected birds, officials said. In humans, it can be deadly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Turner-Ortega's lungs let him know Friday when he hit L.A. The jogger, who is on a consciousness-raising run from San Francisco to Mexico City, seemed to slow his pace, his eyes burned and his chest constricted with a jab not unlike the pain in his legs. The evidence is incontrovertible that air pollution levels in Los Angeles, the nation's smoggiest city, are dramatically better than a decade ago. But on summer days such as these one would be hard pressed to tell it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1992
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services failed to adequately monitor $320 million in service contracts, leading to overpayments and questions about the quality of work the county is receiving, according to a recent audit. The county contracts for a wide range of services, including medical, laundry, housekeeping, security and computer systems. Auditors found that county employees who monitor contracts mostly work at home and took "excessive time to complete assignments."
NEWS
May 8, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rate of illness and death from cancer in California overall is lower than that of the nation as a whole, while cancer incidence in Los Angeles County is lower than in any other region of the state, a series of state Department of Health Services reports said Thursday. "Both in incidence and mortality California is in better shape than the rest of the country," State Health Director Molly Joel Coye said as she released the findings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In the days since the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case, thousands of fires set by rioters are fouling the air to a noticeable degree in a city that is already the nation's most polluted. The gray-orange pall that has limited flights at Los Angeles International Airport and brought early dusk to the city also could bring health troubles to sufferers of asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, physicians and environmental authorities warn.
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