From 2004 to 2007 the LA Times ran an investigative series on the horrendous problems at the County Govt Run King-Drew Hospital. The hospital was a disaster of corruption and incompetence many times resulting in patient deaths.
Spend any time at the county-run hospital near Watts and it's easy to reach the same conclusion: Patients linger unattended, walls are gouged with holes, mattresses are worn and stained, even ink cartridges are in short supply.
The numbers, however, tell a different story. Though widely believed, the notion that King/Drew is being shortchanged is false.
The difference is stark when King/Drew is measured against the three other general hospitals run by Los Angeles County.