This is something which is more apt in a Third World rather than the most powerful and one of the richest (if not the richest) country in the world.
A surveillance camera footage shows a woman collapsing and dying on a hospital emergency room floor and then lying for an hour while staff walk past.
The video shows 49-year-oldÂ Esmin Green keeling forward inÂ a psychiatric emergency room in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where she wasÂ admitted to treatÂ agitation and psychosisÂ on June 19.
Green is shownÂ clutching at her stomach, thrashing on the floorÂ before lyingÂ face-first on the tiled floor with her upper bodyÂ lodged inÂ the corner space between twoÂ sets of chairs.
Two other patientsÂ move around the room,Â security guards walk past and one even stares atÂ GreenÂ for about 20 seconds but the woman is left prone until one of the patientsÂ gets help after about an hour has elapsed.
Now this tape is being used to sue the hospital.
At one end of the spectrum you have the best health care but which is prohibitively expensive and maybe only those with insurance can possible afford. And at the other extreme you have the uninsured and hospitals where conditions are abject and neglect is routine.
Hopefully something good comes out of all this.