Wall Street was up and running two days after Sandy, but the devastation of New York City’s healthcare system is still unfolding – and likely to get worse.
Several of New York City’s hospitals—Coney Island Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, NYU Langone, and the Manhattan VA Hospital—remain closed. This has left Manhattan with no Level One Trauma Center below 58th Street and a citywide shortage of more than 2,000 hospital beds.
Before the storm, many of New Yorkers – particularly poor, people of color, and uninsured – had limited access to healthcare. This storm has made that problem much worse – despite an outpouring of volunteer efforts by thousands of nurses, doctors, EMTs, firefighters, other public servants, and many members of the community.
It’s time to rebuild a city healthcare system that serves all New Yorkers. Let's BUILD BACK BETTER.