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Los Angeles County slashes doctors' reimbursement rate

Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2010

Emergency room doctors and on-call specialists treating poor, uninsured patients at private hospitals in Los Angeles County had their reimbursement rate slashed by county supervisors. The rate cut could lead private hospitals to close emergency rooms and send more patients to crowded county hospitals, officials said. Los Angeles County reimburses doctors 27% of estimated fees for patients' first three days of care at private hospitals under the Physician Services for Indigents Program. Supervisors voted unanimously to reduce the rate to 18% as of July 1, the Los Angeles Times reports.