The new doctors: The new faces at the medical clinic
LOS ANGELES — As the new doctors take the stage in Los Angeles on Tuesday, one is standing at the front, in a scrum of doctors, nurses and others, and waiting to speak.
The other is standing in the back, waiting for the word.
Dr. Jennifer A. McVicar, the new chief medical officer of the city of Los Angeles, has the same look in her eyes.
She’s looking at the crowd as she speaks.
McVicars office is the most diverse in the country, with more than 100 new physicians from across the globe taking up positions at the city’s health care system.
It is also one of the most expensive.
It has about $7 billion in outstanding medical debt, according to a report by the city auditor, with about $4 billion in debt due to the cost of running the hospital, according, the Los Angeles Times reported.
McValicars chief of staff, Karen Kornfeld, said she and other staff members would be working to address the problem.
“We want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to keep this from happening,” Kornfield said.
“We’re going to be working hard to make this work.”
A $5 billion budget deficit has been one of Los Angels problems since its inception.
Last year, the city had to borrow $1 billion from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to pay for its medical bills.
And last month, the state Department of Finance reported the city would need another $5.4 billion to pay off its medical debt.
Los Angeles has long had problems paying its bills.
It’s one of several cities nationwide where a shortage of medical care has resulted in spiraling out-of-pocket expenses for residents.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many residents cannot afford the cost-sharing that comes with health care.
And the city has struggled to attract the kinds of doctors needed to run its clinics.
As a result, some doctors have decided to leave the profession in droves, taking jobs at other large medical facilities in the nation.
Kornfeld said she had “a lot of concerns” about the city putting off paying its medical debts.
She said the department will be working with the California Medical Association to make changes to the state’s medical debt laws to address these concerns.
“The CMA will work with us to provide a framework for us to get to a more sustainable debt solution,” K, a former president of the state Medical Association, said.
McVeigh, a retired general surgeon and chief of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelos, said that as he and others left the profession, he was frustrated to see how his city had become so uncompetitive in the healthcare arena.
“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, how can this be?'” he said.
The problems with medical debt in Los Angles have been well documented.
In Los Angeles County, the medical debt burden is estimated to be $1.9 trillion, according the county auditor.
It’s the third highest in the United States.
Los Angels Medical Center has a $4.3 billion operating budget, the second highest in California.
But the health system has been struggling for years.
In 2006, the county spent $10.6 million on debt payments to run the hospital.
By 2015, it had $3.7 billion to spend.
In 2013, the last year for which county data is available, the hospital had $7.5 billion in total debt, the third most in the state.
The city’s medical department owes more than $1,000 million to a private equity fund and owes another $937,000 to its insurers.
That debt has been mounting as the city struggles with a chronic shortage of doctors.
The county has to pay more than 30 percent of the $1 million it owes to private equity and insurers for the health care services it offers, according a city audit.
That figure has ballooned to $2.5 million a month, a figure that has balloonED to $7 million a day.
The health department is also running short of beds.
The county has 1,700 beds, down from 2,700 in 2011.
And the department’s total cost of care is up another $2 billion, the audit found.
It is also saddled with more money owed to insurers.
In the past year, payments to insurers have climbed by $3 billion.
The financial pressures on the hospital have been so great that the hospital has cut back on medical and dental care and even cut back the hours it offers to patients.
The situation is compounded by the high cost of operating the hospital and the high medical debt load.
In 2015, the district court ordered the hospital to pay $2 million in back wages to two employees who had worked for the city for more than a decade.
McDonalds Corp., the company that owns the Los Angels