Covering Louisiana

Sep 12, 2013 12:28 PM by AP

Gov. says hospital deals have expanded services

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As the last pieces are put in place for the privatization of Louisiana's charity hospital system, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is seeking to quell criticism of the deals with stories of improved care.

The governor and top cabinet leaders say the first outsourcing deals rolled out earlier this year have improved services for the uninsured and boosted medical training.

Jindal, his health secretary Kathy Kliebert and LSU officials offer a list of examples of improvements to university-run health services taken over by private health providers.

They describe shortened emergency room waits and an eliminated prescription backlog in Baton Rouge, a re-established gynecology clinic in Lake Charles and the reopening of operating rooms in New Orleans and an orthopedic clinic in Lafayette that were shuttered by budget cuts.

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