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By Lisa Wells
OC Voice Staff Writer

Over 24,000 patients are helped each year by the H.B. Community Care Health Center

Over 24,000 patients are helped each year by the H.B. Community Care Health Center

Over 40 million Americans are uninsured and the nation’s 1,300 public hospitals cannot handle the resulting burden.

So many patients are flooding hospital emergency rooms that one in five E.R. doctors knows of a patient who died due to waiting too long for care, according to a survey conducted last year by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The privatization of public health care by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in the 1980s means that Orange County is now one of three counties in California without a public hospital. And because 500,000 O.C. residents lack health insurance, emergency rooms often serve as their only option.

One small but vital exception to the county’s lack of affordable healthcare is the non-profit Huntington Beach Community Care Health Center. (more…)

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