AltaMed Health Services operates in East Los Angeles and North Orange counties, both of which are classified as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). This designation signifies that there are not enough doctors to serve the population. Ideally, there should be one physician per 3,500 community members. In our service area of over 11,000,000 people, there are only 717 doctors, or one doctor per 15,378 residents. Only 23% of the need for doctors is currently being met, leaving millions of people without access to adequate health care. Disparities in care are even wider among the low-income, uninsured and underinsured. AltaMed is continuously working to increase access to high-quality, culturally competent health care for all in our community by bringing in more doctors and helping patients gain insurance coverage. AltaMed will never turn away a patient due to inability to pay.