Thirty-four of California’s smallest counties agreed to pool their resources Thursday and participate in the state’s “Bridge to Health Reform,” a federally financed $10-billion expansion of public health coverage that is the precursor to an even larger implementation of health reform scheduled for 2014.
Following the publication of "Don't Get Sick: Crisis in Coverage," Dr. Eric Ramos, chief medical officer of Doctors Medical Center, and Modesto Bee health reporter Ken Carlson, answered questions from readers concerning health coverage in Stanislaus County.
A few months ago, Josue Jimenez had a fever and a bad stomach ache. On the first and second day, he wasn’t too worried. By the third day, he started getting nervous. Why wasn’t he better yet?
“I should go to the doctor,” he thought.
Dr. Del Morris can see the stress on the faces of the newer patients at the Stanislaus County health clinics.
Some have lost their homes. Others are worried they may never work again. In addition, most all of these new patients are sick.
When she awakes in a bunk bed every morning, in a room with a Justin Bieber poster and other girly decorations, Juli Leavitt is reminded how her life has changed since the economic downturn.