As the rightly acclaimed television series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton’s Cottage Hospital. The show makes the issue mostly personal with delightfully snippy exchanges between Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham who speaks for a way of life that is passing, and her cousin Isobel, widow and daughter of physicians and trained as a nurse during WWI, who is the voice of modernity.
Interesting article, Mr. Morris. I live in a rural community that has no hospital. The closest one is about an hour away. For several years there's been talk (even a bank putting up blueprints) of building a local hospital but it's been placed on hold. Now I think I understand why.
You did a good job of covering all the consolidations and what they mean to the availability of mislabeled affordable health care.