How living through the pandemic might change health care permanently


“Hospitals are dangerous places.”

This observation was all the more shocking to me because of who said it: one of the best physicians I’ve ever known. He was a soft-spoken cardiologist in Fresno. Someone who, like me and all U.S. physicians, was trained in and worked in hospitals.

Many lives have been saved (or “prolonged” if you’re philosophical) in hospitals, of course. Babies have been born there, making everyone smile. And dramatic technological advances occurred inside their wall...

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