‘The most basic function of government is to keep its people safe. And so there are reforms to our health system that must be made immediately.’
‘Instead of a code, we heard something else — the first few seconds of a Beatles tune. Everyone sighed with relief.’
As New York’s COVID-19 cases began to skyrocket in late March, the same hospitals that filled with the sick and dying were where at least 66 women were giving birth to their babies.
New York has closed dozens of hospitals in the last few decades, the result of larger healthcare trends, policy shifts and cost-cutting efforts. But that downsizing has been “called into question” by the coronavirus pandemic, experts say.
Some undocumented immigrants are afraid to seek care, either because of fears about their status or medical debt, El Diario reports.
‘We need to keep our eye on one thing and one thing only and that’s the hospitals. That’s the battlefield.’
The uncertainty has them in a frenzy, and even when we tell them they are not showing symptoms, they insist on being tested or seen by a doctor. We can’t turn them away
Despite being nonprofits and receiving billions in subsidies, New York State hospitals went to court more than 30,000 times over the past five years to force patients to pay bills that many simply could not afford, a report released Thursday found.
Bill de Blasio’s $100 million investment to guarantee healthcare coverage for all New Yorkers has raised questions about the health of the public hospital network.
Adine Usher was diagnosed with breast cancer. She felt upset and worried. Following her surgery, when she had to find a cancer specialist, she learned about a doctor who was conducting a study using the newest cancer medicines. The doctor she found enrolled her in a clinical trial. Now healthy and doing well, she credits the trial with having saved her life.