The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end inpatient services at LAC-High Desert Hospital, Lancaster, Calif., next May and to close 11 of the county's 18 health clinics by Oct. 1 to cope with a growing budget deficit. However, the board left open a possible reprieve for 82-bed LAC-High Desert by approving a six-month pilot project allowing the hospital to contract out unused beds to neighboring facilities and medical groups. The board voted in June to cut $57 million from the county healthcare budget. The plan also includes closing four school-based clinics, reducing childhood immunizations and disease screenings, and cutting funding to about 100 private health clinics by $15 million. -- by Laura B. Benko
L.A. County slates hospital, clinics for closure
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