LOS ANGELES – A fourth Los Angeles-area hospital in less than three years has settled a civil lawsuit over a chronic problem in the nation's second-largest city — dumping homeless patients on the streets after they've been discharged, sometimes while still needing medical attention.
City Attorney Mike Fueur announced a settlement Thursday with Good Samaritan Hospital, a 400-bed facility near downtown.
Without admitting fault, the hospital settled a lawsuit over patient dumping for $450,000. That brings to $1.9 million in such settlements reached with hospitals in Los Angeles since January 2014.
The city attorney's office says the Good Samaritan case involves an obviously sick former patient found on the streets in December 2014 with a visibly infected leg.
Good Samaritan says it disputes the allegations and is committed to compassionate health care.