‘Everyone I know is worried.’ Terrified patients await fate of their … – Los Angeles Times

Dr. Juan Z. Montes recalls the surge of people who came calling, beginning about two years ago.

“We couldn’t handle them all,” he said, referring to the new patients who visited his four Southern California clinics after they got health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Montes, 67, who’s been doctoring in L.A. for four decades, estimated that his patient load increased about 20%.

Many of his clients had gone years without insurance and couldn’t afford to pay for doctor visits out of their own pockets, so their medical issues had become more advanced.

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