$8.5M for uninsured – Tackling common diseases

A Los Angeles foundation has announced its largest-ever grant — $8.5 million — to provide health care to low-income, uninsured patients in the city, the Los Angeles Times reported on June 14.

With a $350 endowment, Queenscare Foundation was created with profits from the controversial sale of a local medical center.

The funds will be earmarked for the treatment of five of the most common diseases in Los Angeles county, especially among minorities: cervical cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, asthma and diabetes.

Five nonprofit hospitals will share the grant. California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles will receive the largest slice of the grant, $2.3 million. The other four nonprofits will receive grants ranging from one to two million dollars.

Foundation critics worry that not enough of the grant money will reach patients. Lark Galloway, executive director of the health advocacy group Community Health Council, said the foundation grossly underspent its trust funding last year.

For full text of the article, go to the Los Angeles Times.

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