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San Diegans Face Rising Healthcare Costs

America is a wealthy nation and a world leader in medical science, technology and care. Yet 45 million Americans do not have health insurance, including more than 600,000 in San Diego. With healthca

San Diegans Face Rising Healthcare Costs

Tom Fudge :  Today, we're coming to you from the grounds outside the Logan Heights Family Health Center . We're here today to tell the story of the uninsured.

You'll hear from someone who has tried to profile the uninsured population in California. You'll hear the story of one man who lives without health care coveage, and has seen his family uninsured for several years. He'll tell us what it means to face a medical emergency when you have no way to pay for it.
And we'll speak with two San Diego doctors about the goal of Universal Coverage. Everybody thinks it's a good idea, but the way to reach that goal is where opinions diverge.


The healthcare crisis in America is the topic of the documentary "Critical Condition" on KPBS TV on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at 10:30 pm. The Spanish-language version airs Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at 8pm, on KPBS TV's V-me station.


  • Donald Cohen , executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives which has been researching healthcare and the uninsured.
  • Jeff Lawrence , self-employed mortgage contractor who does not have health insurance.
  • Jennette Lawrence , director of government and community relations for Family Health Centers of San Diego .
  • Jan Spencley , executive director of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage .
  • Dr. Bob Hertzka , chairman of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage who teaches health policy at UCSD School of Medicine. Past president of the San Diego County Medical Society and the State Medical Association.
  • Dr. Joseph Scherger , clinical professor of family and preventive medicine at UCSD School of Medicine, and chairman of communications for the San Diego County Medical Society.
  • Sheila Kuehl , California State Senator who has sponsored SB 840, the California Universal Healthcare Act.