Medical shows highlight dysfunction and heroism

Above: Ryan Eggold plays a crusading doctor trying to fix a New York public hospital that is in a shambles in New Amsterdam. Right: Aisha Hinds in fireman gear tends to a victim in 9-1-1.
Ryan Eggold plays a crusading doctor trying to fix a New York public hospital that is in a shambles in New Amsterdam.PHOTO: FOX, NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA
Above: Ryan Eggold plays a crusading doctor trying to fix a New York public hospital that is in a shambles in New Amsterdam. Right: Aisha Hinds in fireman gear tends to a victim in 9-1-1.
Aisha Hinds in fireman gear tends to a victim in 9-1-1.PHOTO: FOX, NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA

New Amsterdam and The Resident focus on idealistic doctors trying to reform their hospitals while 9-1-1 shows how emergency responders work to save the day

To get a sense of Americans' anxiety over their dysfunctional healthcare system, look no further than the crop of new medical shows popping up on their television screens.

The latest of these is New Amsterdam, which airs on Fox Life (Wednesdays, 10pm, Singtel TV Channel 301 and StarHub TV Channel 501) and tells the story of a New York public hospital in a shambles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Medical shows highlight dysfunction and heroism'. Print Edition | Subscribe