Hospitals: Emergency Care: Improvement Needed

A woman with a sick six-month-old baby is turned away from a private hospital in Houston because her husband does not have $50 for a deposit. The baby dies on the way across town to an other hospital. A New York doorman suffers a heart attack while on duty; he is refused emergency treatment at a hospital across the street because it lacks cardiac emergency equipment, and he must risk death attempting to reach another hospital.

Lumped loosely in the category of emergency care, such cases claim untold lives each year. But how can...

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