A homeless man was discharged from the ER to a homeless shelter, where he died 12 hours later:
Monitor reporter Sarah Leibowitz was at the shelter when the 66-year-old Arsenault arrived. Its volunteers and residents were shocked at his condition. He was in hospital pajamas. He could not sit or stand and at times appeared unaware of his surroundings. He died 12 hours after a taxi dropped him off.
In this collapsing, cost-shifting semblance of a health care system, patients are being discharged sicker every year. They are released before they can walk, feed themselves or go to the bathroom without assistance. Some have no home or family, no money and no way to qualify for intermediate care.