Closures Kill

Urban “safety net hospitals” in the US are still closing in alarming numbers, even as the communities they serve—predominantly the poor and people of color—are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
 
Unlike rural facilities—which have been shuttering at a shocking pace for 2 decades—urban facilities face an added financial challenge: Their proximity to top-notch medical centers that attract the patients with the best insurance.
 
Chicago has seen 3 hospitals in Black neighborhoods close in the past year or so—and other cities follow a similar pattern that is nothing short of criminal,says David Ansell of Rush University Medical Center on Chicago's West Side.
 
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