Patient dumping

I have been following with interest the allegations in Los Angeles that Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital knowingly abandoned a homeless and very sick man — with a ruptured colostomy bag, unable to walk and still wearing a soiled hospital gown — in a gutter this past weekend.

The latest case comes on the heels of some other recent and high profile patient dumping cases in the city.

Those who have been around for a couple decades know that Health Access was formed 20 years ago after a series of patient dumping cases.

Since then, the organization has fought for HMO Patients’ Bill of Rights, against budget cuts, won fair hospital and prescription drug prices, won and lost an employer mandate.

Now, even as we debate universal health care, how did we end up in the same place as 20 years ago?

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