Healthcare in NYC During COVID-19

June 19, 2020

Virtual Transatlantic Forum, June 10, 2020

The French-American Foundation hosted its first virtual meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on June 10. The event featured Dr. Anaïs Rameau, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Transatlantic Forum member, and Dr. Gloria Fung Chaw, General Internal Medicine Physician at Montefiore Medical Center, to discuss their experiences as medical professionals during COVID-19. The meeting was moderated by Rachele Haber-Thomson, Co-Founder of Blue Dot and member of the Transatlantic Forum.

The speakers drew from their experiences as doctors in the city to provide insight into the medical system’s response to the virus, the impact of socioeconomic disparities on access to care, and the resources available to healthcare workers. Gloria, who works in the Bronx, explained that the borough was hit very hard even before the lockdown started. Anais, who has been assigned to the intensive care unit at Cornell, discussed how Gloria’s experience differed from her own in Manhattan. Both shared their daily routines with patients, as well.

In addition, the two doctors shared their views about the dysfunction of the healthcare system in the United States and the lack of cooperation between hospitals in New York City. They also made a brief comparison with the healthcare system in France.

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