Casualties of a Failed Health Care System

Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“A couple of weeks ago, a good friend found herself in the emergency room at one of our world-class hospitals, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. After emergency surgery, the medical team decided to admit her for at least another day to monitor her recovery. What she encountered next was something out of a makeshift battlefield hospital, as rendered by Hieronymus Bosch. There were no beds available in the patient rooms, so ‘admitted’ patients were being stashed in beds laid end to end in the emergency area. A bit of delay getting a bed is not unusual. But in this case, there were seriously ill admitted patients in 73 beds crammed into the emergency area. They had no privacy, and many were not masked. The beds wound around an overwhelmed nursing station, where a couple of nurses were mainly dealing with new patients.” (02/06/24)