When patients extort hospitals

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.

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