The good often makes up for the bad but the bad is starting to eat away at me. I have been a patient here for 2 years.
First - if you ever have breast cancer, be VERY weary of the breast fellows. They have limited competence. You will end up with one "professional" side of your chest and a very crude "general surgeon" quality side on the other. They don't seem to care about cosmetic results. I deeply regret having Dr. Burgers operate on me. Also, post-surgery care has been lame. They just feel around to make sure the cancer doesn't come back, but any other issues and lower quality of life/posture/health/swelling related to having surgery - 6 months after your surgery date, nobody will give a **** about you.
Many of the doctors are condescending, as if all low income people are morons that don't understand anything or know how to write. I don't appreciate this..... they will withhold information and not explain things fully thinking your little low income brain must not be smart enough to handle it. Obnoxious. One doctor handed me a pathology report and warned "there are a lot of big words in this!" thanks, dude.
Doctors here area also poor listeners. On several occasions, I've had my words twisted and altered in the clinician notes (you can read these online). There is one man in particular at Urgent Care who always types something different than I say in the computer i.e "pelvic pain" when I said "abdominal." it can alter the course of care received. Then, a lot of misinformation is in your file.
In general, unless your problems are serious/life threatening/cancer, expect for doctors to be dismissive of you.
LAC/USC claims to exist to serve the community, but really, the low income community is serving doctors with experience. First and foremost that is more important to this hospital - providing young doctors with experience. Your care, and the long term effects on you, don't matter to them.