‘No Mercy’ Chapter 3: Patchwork of Urgent Care Frays After a Rural Hospital Closes

[protected-iframe id="864eb118d00dee1b392e016906f9f13c" height="210" width="100%" /] Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. [khn_slabs slabs="1171202" view="pull-right" /] Emergency care gets complicated after a hospital closes. On a cold February evening, when Robert Findley fell and hit his head on a patch of ice, his wife, Linda, called 911. The delays that came next exposed the frayed patchwork that sometimes stands in for rural health care. After Mercy Hospital Fort Scott shut down, many locals had big opinions about what kind of health care the town needed. “Words of experience is, you don’t know when that tragedy is going to happen,” Linda Fin...

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