Problems With Medical Care Continue In New Orleans Area After Hurricane

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Problems with medical care and other services have continued in the NewOrleans area in the two years since Hurricane Katrina, according to areport released this month by the Brookings Institution, the McClatchy/Lexington Herald-Leaderreports. According to the report, the New Orleans area had 23 majorhospitals and other medical facilities in operation before thehurricane, but, as of last month, 10 of those facilities -- whichinclude acute care hospitals, psychiatric clinics and long-termdisability and rehabilitation centers -- remain closed.

Thereport also found that St. Bernard Parish, one of the parts of the NewOrleans area most affected by the hurricane, has not had a hospital inoperation since the storm. The lack of medical facilities in the NewOrleans area raises concerns because residents have faced an "increasedprevalence of mental illness, acute conditions and death" since thehurricane, the report said (Douglas, McClatchy/Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/29).

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