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Dickinson questions whether California hospital districts are past their prime
Sacramento Bee

After World War II, California lawmakers created taxpayer-funded hospital districts to serve rural and poor regions, particularly as soldiers required medical care at home.

Some of California’s remaining 73 districts still treat residents who would otherwise go without medical services.

But in a wealthy Southern California beach community, property taxes that once paid for hospital beds now subsidize a 16,000-square-foot playroom with a rock-climbing wall and ropes course, as well as a fitness center that offers yoga and Pilates classes.