In a Politico article to promote her new book, Alexandra Robbins details some of the healthcare industry’s glaring class-divisions after she interviewed many nurses. The book vividly demonstrates the ever-widening gap between the very rich and everyone else in the treatment they get almost everywhere.
Nurses told Ms. Robbins about the luxury treatment that rich celebrities receive in hospitals, often unknown to rank-and-file patients at the same hospitals.
Rich and/or influential patients often get bigger rooms, big-screen TVs, luxurious furniture, better food and even separate floors.
It gets worse: Nurses also indicated that resources for VIP’s can hurt other patients’ care. Consider that one nurse said it her hospital moved critically ill patients away from the nursing station to make way for VIP patients who needed required less observation and care.