Anti-dumping rules are in place in California. But sometimes it places hospitals in a difficult situation when patients don’t want to leave:
In hospitals, patients have a “nice, warm bed, three meals a day and maybe even a television and people waiting on them. They are literally saying to us, ‘I don’t want to go. If you discharge me, I will call the L.A. Times.'”
The health care crisis affects everyone – patients, doctors and hospitals alike. Patients being left on skid row provide the shock headlines that financially troubled newspapers like the LA Times need.
However, the media needs to present a more balanced view, and that includes covering the financial woes that hospitals and other health care facilities are going through.