ER doctors sue state, say emergency room system near collapse | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times

ER doctors sue state, say emergency room system near collapse | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
Emergency room doctors filed a lawsuit today against the state, saying that California’s overstressed emergency healthcare system is on the verge of collapse unless they receive additional funding.

Emergency room physicians say they have been particularly hard hit by the state’s fiscal problems. Unlike other doctors, who can choose not to accept Medi-Cal patients, emergency rooms cannot deny treatment. They provide care for these patients but are reimbursed at rates they say are half the cost of the treatment. California’s reimbursement rate ranks 43rd in the country, state officials said.

Hmm.  I understand their frustration but wonder what they think they’re going to get from a state that’s essentially insolvent.


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