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October 5, 2000
The death of Selene Segura Rios reported by David Hayes-Bautista and Robert M. Stein (Opinion, Oct. 1) was indeed an unnecessary tragedy, but it resulted from a lack of knowledge about the emergency medical services available in this state rather than a shortage of Latino doctors. Any doctor could have saved this child and would have if the parents had known where to turn for help. The problem the Segura Rios family faced is not a Latino problem, it is a problem for poor and poorly educated Americans everywhere.
June 17, 2007
Re "Moore hype of healthcare film hits fever pitch," June 13 Why does The Times call a Medicare-like system for payment of healthcare in California a "nonstarter"? Last year, both houses of the state Legislature passed SB 840, which would have moved California in that direction, but the bill was vetoed by the governor. Is there anyone who wants to eliminate Medicare? No, because it works and has much lower overhead than private plans. A similar plan for California residents would work too, and cover everyone at a lower cost than our current, broken system.
March 5, 1985
Dr. Sidney M. Marchasin's article (Editorial Pages, Feb. 20) dealing with the Medicare guidelines to doctors and hospitals raises more questions than it answers. Certainly his compassionate, caring attitude toward the patients who come under Medicare is most welcome, but the doctors and the hospital administrators must take some responsibility for the financial difficulties that Medicare claims it is facing. Many of us in our senior years who are now eligible for care under the Medicare program cannot forget the manner in which the American Medical Assn.
October 17, 1993
In reference to "One Casualty of Clinton's Health Plan: Freedom to Choose" (Sept. 22), I want to discuss reasons for specialization in medical practice and Park Nicollet cost saving and innovation. I agree with the main premise of the article, that medical care rationing is most likely in our future. Columnist James Flanigan is, however, perpetuating a myth that has gained wide acceptance through repetition by policy wonks and the media: that "the vast majority of medical students have gone into specialized practice because that's where the higher incomes have been."
QUESTION: My elderly mother has had one medical problem after another this year, and it seems to me that there is a price increase every time I have to take her to the doctor's office. Is it my imagination or is the cost of medical care rising faster than other costs?--W.E. ANSWER: You aren't imagining. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's records, health-care costs soared 7.7% last year, compared to a meager 1.1% rise in the consumer price index.
August 9, 1998
I feel compelled to write this letter in response to "Death of Patient at 44 After Surgery Raises Questions," July 27, concerning the death of Rudy Ruiz. I was the attending physician for Mr. Ruiz during his hospitalization at St. John's Hospital. I was shocked and saddened by the death of Mr. Ruiz. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and family. After reading the article, I was very frustrated. The article implies that Mr. Ruiz may have been discharged early in order to shorten his hospital stay, thus saving the medical group money.
July 16, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
A Nevada prison's medical care — once described as displaying a "shocking and callous disregard for human life" — would be upgraded and monitored under a proposed court settlement filed Thursday. An independent monitor would ensure that the remote maximum-security prison, which houses Nevada's death row inmates, was dispensing medication and treatment in a timely manner, creating treatment plans for chronically ill inmates and had qualified medical staff available at all times, according to the proposal.
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