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As the Uninsured Go Without Care, Health Districts Hold Reserves of Money
New York Times

When Roron Chen went to a public clinic to try to see a doctor, she was put on the waiting list at the San Mateo Medical Center. A California state law requires counties to provide health care to people like Ms. Chen who cannot afford health insurance and have no other alternatives. Ms. Chen, a homemaker from San Mateo whose husband lost his job three years ago, had to wait nearly a year to see a doctor through the program. Like thousands of other uninsured people in San Mateo County, Ms. Chen waited and waited because the county did not have the money to subsidize her health care.