Thursday - the LAPD received phone calls about a man crawling along the street in the infamous Skid Row, wearing nothing but a dirty hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag. This man is a paraplegic.
What is a man in a hospital gown, a parapalegic nonetheless, doing crawling down a street in Skid Row?
Is he a drug addict that escaped from the hospital, desperate for a fix?
Is he an escaped criminal, someone who was in the hospital on the way to prison and desperately tried to escape?
Witnesses who said they saw the incident Thursday wrote down a phone number on the van and took down its license-plate number, which helped detectives connect the vehicle to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site.
Police said the incident was a case of “homeless dumping” and were questioning officials from the hospital. “I can’t think of anything colder than that,” said Detective Russ Long. “There was no mission around, no services. It’s the worst area of Skid Row.”
Got that? Hospital dumping of homeless patients.
THAT is what we face. People who think it is okay to dump homeless patients in skid row because they can't afford to pay for health care.
City officials have accused more than a dozen hospitals of dumping patients and criminals on Skid Row. Hospital officials have denied the allegations, but some said they had taken homeless patients to Skid Row service providers.
In 2005, Hollywood Presbyterian was accused of homeless dumping. At the time, a top executive denied the charge, but said Skid Row service providers offered treatment and care for some patients who had nowhere else to go.
So, the HOSPITAL executive said they dropped off homeless onto skid row because they "offered treatment and care" no one else would? Like, say, a hospital?
Here's a thought. If you are homeless, and you walk into a hospital, you should immediately be given Medicaid - how about that. Then, the hospital gets some reimbursement and they don't have to act like inhuman animals that should be thrown in jail for the rest of their natural lives, then plugged into a machine and left there for the rest of their unnatural life as well.
But, that is just a thought.