Guest commentary: Downsized Doctors Medical Center is a wolf in sheep's clothing

Contra Costa Times

By Dr. Richard Stern and Dr. Sharon Drager, guest commentary © 2014 Bay Area News Group

POSTED:   06/13/2014 04:00:00 PM PDT

Following the failure of a parcel tax proposal to pass last month, Doctors Medical Center physicians and employees have made a concerted, heroic effort to save DMC. And they have found a workable solution.

Employees have expressed a willingness to take a 10 percent pay cut, and Touro University has agreed to partner with DMC to set up a residency program that will provide up to a 20 percent increase in Medicare payments. The result of these two measures alone is that a $20 million per year shortfall is reduced to perhaps $5 million.

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