The Callous Dollar-And-Cents Decisions New York Made During Pandemic Crisis

Money was THE determining life-or-death factor for thousands.

By Michael Barbaro
The Daily / New York Times (7/27/20)

A New York Times investigation found that surviving the coronavirus in New York had a lot to do with which hospital a person went to.

Our investigative reporter Brian M. Rosenthal pulls back the curtain on inequality and the pandemic in the city.

On today’s episode:

Background reading:

  • At the peak of New York’s pandemic, patients at some community hospitals were three times more likely to die than were patients at medical centers in the wealthiest parts of the city.

  • The story of a $52 million temporary care facility in New York illustrates the missteps made at every level of government in the race to create more hospital capacity.