The Doctor Is Out: Healthcare In South Los Angeles Means Fewer Services And Longer Waits
Tens of thousands of residents now rely on independent health clinics for many of their medical needs. Even with an infusion of money once showered on King/Drew, and with dollars provided by healthcare reforms ushered in by President Barack Obama, the clinics struggle. They cannot meet the demands of their communities.
Neon Tommy visited a handful of clinics this past month to get a patients-eye view of their healthcare.
We found Antonio Granados staking out his place in line at 4:30 a.m. at a Compton clinic, where he would remain for most of the morning before getting his medicine.
A massive new health center on Skid Row opened to a grateful community, but its optometry department is missing one key element: It has no staff because of money shortages.
At a Lynwood women's clinic, TV's are blaring to ensure doctor-patient confidentiality because the wall dividers don't reach the ceilings. The next available primary-care appointment: Sometime in February.
Outside a Watts clinic, Louise Webb sits with her son on a park bench reminiscing about the role the closed King/Drew played in her family's history. It is where her brother died on his 18th birthday, the victim of a shooting.
These stories show the challenges and triumphs of healthcare in South L.A., where a community awaits the reopening of its hospital in 2013.
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