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L.A. can, and should, solve its 'wall time' problem
L.A. can, and should, solve its 'wall time' problem

Some issues in government are genuinely complex or divisive. Many defy solutions — ending violence in Gaza, say, or protecting children in foster care. What I am about to describe is not one of those issues. This one is costing taxpayers and risking lives, and yet fixing it is eminently doable. The problem is known as "wall time." When Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance crews bring a patient to a hospital, the crew stays with the patient until the patient is admitted — that's required by a state law prohibiting "patient abandonment." In many cases, the wait is short: A suffering or unconscious person is brought to the emergency room, whisked from the...

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