Condition critical: The medical crisis facing America

2019-03-01 11:19:01

By Peter Aldhous in San Francisco IN FEBRUARY this year, an elderly woman showed up in the emergency room at the University of California, San Francisco, struggling to breathe – not an unusual symptom for a patient with a weak heart. But her underlying condition was not the only problem. She was also being troubled by a cardiac defibrillator and pacemaker, costing tens of thousands of dollars, that had been implanted into her chest at another hospital just days before. “She was a very frail old lady. It was a bulky device,