If you look at this, you can conclude without any doubt that health care is not a public policy priority," contended Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the Clinica Monseignor Oscar A. Romero. He
said that many of the clinic's patients (97 percent Latino, 80 percent uninsured and 95 percent below 100 percent of the federal poverty line) are diabetics who are taught to manage the disease through control and diet.But what most appalls him is that 95 percent of their patients are fully employed."Some of them even have two full-time jobs.We're talking about the working poor who lack health insurance and their only other resources are county facilities and emergency rooms," Mr. Gonzalez
The problem, he
added, is that emergency rooms and trauma centers are more expensive than preventive care treatment facilities, and, although by law, no one can be turned away, the facilities can make patients wait for very long times, even up to 24 hours.
For Mr. Gonzalez
, it presents a myopic way of providing health care."We need to invest more money in primary health care and prevention.If everybody in this country had access to health care, we would avoid many of the complications we are seeing, like obesity and Type II Diabetes in 9- and 10-year-old children," he