A look at St. Vincent's Hospital--and what it once was--in Manhattan. It's now a pricey and controversial condo complex built by ambitious developers:
While these sure look nice and spacious considering you're in the middle of New York City, the fancy development has left many with no choice but "urgent care" clinics in other parts of the city as a last resort. Kind of shocking, as I thought there was plenty of hospital care in that area.
This is one of the more subtle and insidious reasons why the US needs universal health care. A balanced system will not allow public health and private enterprise to mesh in this way. Big money almost always wins in local controversies like this, undermining basic local needs.
The bright side: at least this is forcing the medical community there to explore new ways for health care reform.