On the second half of this two-part episode on Broken Healthcare, we follow along as the Akrie family struggles to find answers after they learn their father, a resident of a long-term care facility, has fallen ill with Covid-19. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? As the coronavirus pandemic claims victim after victim in American nursing homes, thousands of grief-stricken families are beginning to feel that the loved ones they’ve lost are victims of a fundamentally flawed corner of our broken healthcare system.
In this episode of Broken Healthcare, we meet a nurse who must balance protecting her job, her patients, and her personal health amid the PPE shortage. We also find out what it’s like to be a patient who needs a potentially life-saving surgery at a time when elective operations have ground to a halt. Is the healthcare system supporting its workers and giving equal treatment to all patients? We’ll answer these questions and more in the fourth installment of Broken Healthcare.