The Health Care Crisis
Bryan, Ohio’s hospital is losing money, making it vulnerable to big health systems seeking domination. CEO Phil Ennen has been fighting to preserve its independence. Meanwhile, Bryan, a town of 8,500 people in Ohio’s northwest corner, is still trying to recover from the Great Recession. As local leaders struggle to address the town’s problems, and the hospital fights for its life amid a rapidly consolidating medical and hospital industry, a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these and other stories, Brian Alexander strips away the wonkiness of policy to reveal Americans’ struggle for health against a powerful system that’s stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. He’s a contributing writer to The Atlantic and has written for the NY Times, LA Times, Esquire and more.
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