Access to Care

Waiting in the ER

Wait-times at sylmar's olive-view are among the highest in the state

Inside one of Los Angeles County’s busiest public hospitals, patients hold their head in their hands, grasp their abdomen in pain or else sniffle in misery.

Access nightmare

Finding specialists tough for rural patients under managed care

Diane Kantoff’s job is to find specialists who will treat patients of the Plumas District Hospital Clinic in this quaint little town in the woods 80 miles northwest of Reno.

Mitchell Katz

L.A. County's top health official shows compassionate side

The homeless man with high blood pressure, who had previously suffered a stroke, arrives at the East Los Angeles county health clinic at 9:50 a.m. When he registers at the front desk, he refuses to see one of the many physicians on duty. He insists...

More Californians complain of plan cancellations

As Emily Bazar reported in a recent Ask Emily column, an untold number of people have been dropped from their Covered California health plans

Youth in Trouble

Families of mentally ill children struggle for access to residential treatment

The first time Emily tried to kill herself, at age 15, she swallowed the entire contents of a bottle of Prozac, along with some Sudafed and Claritin she found in the medicine cabinet.

Pharmacists' New Roles

For diabetics, the best doctor may be a pharmacist

Elba Santos, 63, rolled up her black trousers so Ryan Gates could examine her shins and feet. Gates touched a beet red area, asking if it hurt. Santos winced and nodded. “Even just from breathing, the pain hurts down here,” she said.

Electronic Health Records

E-Record Push Dividing Doctors

Dr. Martin Fee, an infectious disease specialist, doesn’t miss the days of chasing medical records through the corridors of Orange County hospitals.

Electronic Health Records

Hits to Medical Privacy

Since early 2009 the federal government has reported more than 1,000 cases in which private health information was put at risk, affecting nearly 32 million people.

Electronic Health Records

Millions of Electronic Medical Records Breached

Thieves, hackers and careless workers have breached the medical privacy of nearly 32 million Americans, including 4.6 million Californians, since 2009.

Electronic Health Records

Study: Digitized Medical Records Aid Communication Between Patient and Doctor

It took several electronic nudges before Patti Schwebel booked an appointment for an overdue mammogram. Her doctorsat Kaiser Permanente diagnosed breast cancer two years ago after the films revealed a lump.

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