What are the costs?

A family physician in Napa Valley, California wrote to the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee in 2014,

In California the costs for treating these diseases are enormous. According to a recent New York Times article, California’s Medicaid program spent $61 million on asthma medications last year. As the Chief Medical Officer of a Medi-Cal Health Plan, I see many more patients in the emergency department and admitted to the hospital when the air quality is poor in our region. - Napa physician

 

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