Some horrendous quotes:
The number of doctors has been reduced by 70% and the number of hospital beds in Orleans Parish has been reduced by 75%.
What makes this figure all the more shocking is that the population of New Orleans is about 1/2 of what it was before the storm - from 450,000 pre-Katrina to 230,000 post-Katrina. That over 2,000 excess deaths should be reported in a population that has already been reduced by 50% is amazing. Thanks to Ezra Boyd of Louisiana State University for sending me this information.