New York City & Health Care
To the Editor:
As Irwin M. Stelzer [“Can Giuliani Save New York?,” December 1995] notes, in the area of crime Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has done well. Although the crime rate has dropped throughout the country, a reduction in criminal activity in New York City is no mean accomplishment. For this Giuliani should be congratulated. . . . But the city of New York faces other problems, not the least of which is the provision and cost of health care, and here the mayor has not done so well. . . .
Not long ago, the mayor set up an advisory panel which called for the city to get out of the health-care business and recommended that it dismantle its extensive municipal-hospital system either by closing hospitals or privatizing them. . . .
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