A group of Bay Area medical leaders are pushing the city to open up its hospitals to new providers to help ease overcrowding and improve quality of care.
They say that opening up more hospitals could mean cheaper, healthier and more efficient care for residents.
The plan would require a $5.3 billion budget and include a number of other measures.
The idea is to provide hospitals with more physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and other health care workers.
The goal is to have as many as 15,000 people treated at the Bay Area’s four hospitals by 2021.
The plan calls for opening more than 100 new hospitals by 2024.
The Bay Area Health District, which represents the region’s hospitals, wants to open a total of 12 new hospitals over the next 10 years.
The districts plan would also create a nonprofit to oversee the plan.
The district plans to use the $5 billion budget to expand access to services, including new health care facilities and more staffing.
The hope is that opening more hospitals would also provide more residents with the care they need.
“It’s going to make a huge difference in quality of life,” said Michael Raff, president and CEO of the Bay District.
“People will want to get the best care, and when you’re able to treat more people, you’ll be able to save more money.”