LOS ANGELES – The patients line up at 6:30 a.m. outside the tidy clinic. Two hours later, when it opens, they’ll sit and wait some more.There are 22-year-olds holding neat piles of pills on their laps; small children whose mothers try to distract them with plastic rattles; and elderly immigrants who sit silently, staring at nothing in particular until their names are called. And there are nearly 70 percent more of them walking into the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in Compton since nearby Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital closed its doors last summer.

The San Diego Union-Tribune. By Jennifer Steinhauer

UPDATE: According to Mary Carroll of Los Angeles County Health Services, Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital is not entirely closed.  According to her, inpatient services and the emergency room were closed in 2007, not outpatient services.  Please read the comments.

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