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Lack of record access drives up costs at L.A. hospitals for poor
Los Angeles Times

The emergency room at White Memorial Medical Center on Los Angeles’ Eastside was buzzing when paramedics arrived on a Friday night with an elderly man slurring his words and complaining of aching bones.

The nurse in the receiving bay immediately ran through standard triage questions: “Are you diabetic? Do you have high blood pressure? Are you allergic to any medications?” Each drew the same response: “I don’t know.”