About 250,000 West Contra Costa County residents may soon be in the midst of a health care crisis. Doctors Medical Center San Pablo has lost millions of dollars for years by treating the uninsured and underinsured. The hospital has stayed afloat with the help of two parcel taxes and previous funding from the state and area providers including John Muir and Kaiser. But it still faces a sixteen million dollar shortfall for this year. A third parcel tax measure will be put before voters that would bring in about twenty million per year. But even if two-thirds of the voters approve the tax measure, the hospital will still need to make up the sixteen million shortfall to stay open long enough to use the funds. If these things don’t happen, Doctors Hospital will close, which will cause wait times at other area hospitals to skyrocket.
This story first aired on KALX 90.7 FM and is a production of Northgate Radio.
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