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‘An Arm and a Leg’: One ER Physician Grapples With the Inequities of American Well being Care

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Dr. Thomas Fisher, an emergency room doctor at a hospital on Chicago’s South Facet, has written “The Emergency,” an up-close chronicle of the covid-19 pandemic’s first 12 months. It additionally tells the story of his journey as a health care provider: how his upbringing on the South Facet fueled his profession selection, and the way the realities and inequities of American well being care restricted his potential to assist his neighborhood. 

Fisher particulars how the failures of the American well being care system — and the racial inequities it perpetuates — depart well being care staff with a profound sense of ethical harm. 

“Over time, when you have got this battle between what you are able to do and what you’re imagined to do — what you want you could possibly do, what you’re skilled to do — that creates an ethical conundrum,” Fisher tells host Dan Weissmann on this episode of “An Arm and a Leg.”  “It additionally leads lots of people to depart the career.”

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