Healthcare & Hospital Reform

Improve Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic  has required unprecedented coordination between hospitals in this city, both public and private. Coordination between private and public hospitals, as well as among public hospitals themselves, must be the norm.

 

As Council Member, I will:

  1. Direct the city health department to monitor communication and coordination between city hospitals

  2. Enable all hospitals to communicate more effectively with one another, and expand upon the city’s EMR system, which allows NY Health & Hospitals patients to access medical records and services online

  3. Invest much-needed funds in our public hospital system, particularly in underserved neighborhoods, to lessen the gap in care

 

Address Racial Disparities

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color, but this is by no means a new phenomenon. For years studies have shown that people of color receive worse care and experience worse outcomes than their white counterparts.

 

As Council Member, I will:

  1. Invest resources in our most underserved neighborhoods. This includes ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to healthy and affordable food, clean air, and regular physical activity

  2. Require implicit bias training in all of NYC’s hospitals

  3. Work to greatly expand language interpretation services at all city hospitals

  4. Fight for universal, affordable healthcare at the city, state, and federal level

Fight Hospital Closures

Over the past two decades, New York City has lost over 20 thousand hospital beds, due to budget cuts and hospital closures. In the current system, empty beds are seen as signs of inefficiency. As a result, our city was dangerously unprepared for a pandemic, and will continue to be, unless we recalibrate our priorities. 

 

As Council Member, I will:

  1. Prioritize our city’s hospitals in budget negotiations

  2. Fight for increased investments in Medicaid at the state and federal level

  3. Oppose further privatization and consolidation of hospitals in New York City

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