A Los Angeles hospital accused of dumping homeless patients on downtown's Skid Row is facing the first criminal charges in the city's campaign to crack down on the practice and clean up the area.
Kaiser Permanente is among 10 hospitals under investigation by city prosecutors for allegedly discharging homeless patients to the streets of Skid Row rather than to a relative or shelter.
The case against it stems from a March surveillance video showing a 63-year-old patient from Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital wandering Skid Row in a hospital gown and slippers. Prosecutors describe what happened to Carol Ann Reyes in a document supporting the criminal charges filed late Wednesday.
ABC News: Hospital Faces Skid Row Dumping Charges
Nov 17, '06
Well ... I'll probably get flamed for this but, what are the hospitals supposed to do? This woman was homeless and living in a park before she was hospitalized.
Ok ... they probably should have done a better job of notifying a shelter and getting her some clothes but ... would it have been any better if they dropped her off at the park where she was living before? Or, is all of this controversy just driven by the fact that is was caught on video tape and the media made a big deal out of it?
How long can hospitals give free care to the homeless, illegal immigrants, drug addicts, and non-complaint frequent flyers who waste taxpayer dollars ... when working, productive, tax paying members of society can't get decent insurance or medical coverage?
The line has to be drawn somewhere. I'm not sure why we're not talking about the fact that this woman was lucky to get any medical treatment at all.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 17, '06