About the Health System

Los Angeles County's $2.3-billion medical system is the second-largest health system operated by local government in the country.

Its six hospitals admit 142,842 patients and record 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.

A total of 25,240 doctors, nurses and other health services staffers remain after layoffs at the Department of Health Services.

Most of the county's 3,205 full-time doctors are paid between $64,000 and $135,000 annually.

Most doctors work 40 hours a week for the county, with some working an additional eight hours per week to receive lucrative stipends from the four teaching hospitals affiliated with the county.

County doctors deliver 27,000 babies per year.

Source: L.A. County Department of Health Services

Immunize, Privatize

Private health care providers will begin assuming management of the following six county health centers on Wednesday:

Yvonne Burke Health Center, 2509 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Venice Health Center, 905 Venice Blvd., Venice

Canoga Park Health Center, 7107 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park

Valencia Health Center, 23763 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia

Bell Gardens Health Center, 6912 Ajax Ave., Bell Gardens

Northeast Health Center, 2032 Marengo St., East Los Angeles

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