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December 15, 1997
Can it be we are returning to the bleak time of Charles Dickens? Reading the accounts of inadequate medical care in California for poor kids is enough to make you depressed (Dec. 7-8). I always thought we were the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world--are we also the stingiest and most thoughtless? MRS. SAMUEL ROTH Woodland Hills
January 22, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
FIREBAUGH, Calif. - On a morning in early January, the air is cold and Firebaugh's main street is nearly empty. But the Sablan Medical Clinic is quickly filling up with people eager to see the physicians they affectionately call Dr. Marcia and Dr. Oscar. Lela Burkhart, whose family owns a farm in this remote San Joaquin Valley town surrounded by fields of pistachios and almonds, is one of the first patients of the day. Burkhart, 86, recently had heart surgery, and this morning she's feeling tired and short of breath.
February 18, 2007
Re "Getting the treatment at County-USC," Opinion, Feb. 14 Three cheers to Ben Ehrenreich (and four cheers to his girlfriend) for talking about what most don't: that the broken healthcare system can't simply be boiled down to jobs and dollars, or failed policies or individual incompetence. That, instead, the fallout of society's inability to grapple with and solve its most basic inequalities will then return to be revisited upon that society's members who are least able to insulate themselves from its daily indignities.
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."
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