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By Robert Pembroke 

The inspiration to write this column came while my wife and I were watching the new television series “New Amsterdam.” In the series, New Amsterdam is a public hospital. It is patterned after the present-day Bellevue Hospital in New York City, which is our nation’s oldest public hospital. Bellevue treats all comers at no charge.

When I was a wee tyke, Salt Lake County had a public hospital that treated all comers at no charge. As I remember, my family never used its services because we had an excellent family physician and other hospitals were low-cost, but many other Salt Lake County residents did use the services.

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