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Monday, March 3, 2008

SF Health Care Facing Severe Budget Cuts

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 9:29 AM

An article in today's Chronicle details proposed budget cuts to San Francisco health care programs that could total $33 million, stripping 15 percent of government funding from non-profits that provide public health services and ending programs such as Health at Home which provides in-home care for chronically ill patients. Supervisor Tom Ammiano asks the question that immediately leapt to mind:

Ammiano said it is contradictory for the city to be embarking on universal health care for its residents through its new Healthy San Francisco program while cutting many of the programs the uninsured rely upon for care."That's one thing that's adding to the confusion around this," Ammiano said. "I'm questioning what kind of analysis went into this or whether it's just arbitrary. One thing that will be healthy is a full discussion about this."

The San Francisco Health Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday at 3 p.m. to discuss the cuts at 101 Grove Street, suite 300. -Andy Wright

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