Eleven clinics may face closure
$194.5 million deficit looming
The Department of Health Services budget that details the closure of 11 clinics in response to a projected $194.5 million deficit was presented Tuesday at the County Board of Supervisors.
If the budget is approved, all but one of the county’s 12 clinics will be closed, leaving the South Antelope Valley facility. The budget would also pare back service at the county’s six comprehensive health centers.
Primary care services would be shifted to the county’s public-private partners, nonprofit clinics that work under contract.
The plan has already been met with opposition from County Supervisors Yvonne Burke, Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe.
Burke pointed out that South Los Angeles would be severely impacted by the loss of the county’s clinics, describing public health clinics in the area s “on the brink of bankruptcy.”
Supervisor Michael Antonovich so far has been the only member of the board to voice his support for the plan.
Phillip Chen, Antonovich’s health deputy, said that the proposal is just the first step in a long process, and that no final decisions have been made.