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A group of medical students in a lecture hall listen to an unseen professor.

As a newly minted physician, I recently decided to reflect on my past year of medical school training, and consider some of the challenges and problematic trends in healthcare that I've already encountered -- from increasing healthcare costs to rising medical school debt to worsening healthcare inequities. I thought back to the rippling effects of the private equity-driven closure of Philadelphia's historic safety-net Hahnemann Hospital; the redistribution of patients stretched the broader Philly healthcare system just as COVID-19 catalyzed an urgent need for more beds. I remember trying to track down paper records for underserved ex-Hahnemann patients and being in disbelief that a developed nation in the 21st century allowed healthcare to be practiced this way.

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