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County-USC Overcrowding Worsens

Overcrowding at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center got worse over the last two months, and the situation could deteriorate more when additional elements of federal health care legislation take effect, the county’s director of hospital services said Tuesday. Dr. Mitchell Katz, director of the Department of Health Services, appeared before the Board of Supervisors to present a status report on the hospital, where administrators have been trying for months to manage long emergency-room wait times and a lack of sufficient beds.