Are hospitals becoming obsolete?

Hospitals are disappearing. While they may never completely go away, they will continue to shrink in number and importance. That is inevitable and good.

The reputation of hospitals in the United States has had its ups and downs. Benjamin Rush, a surgeon general of the Continental Army, called the hospitals of his day the "sinks of human life".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Are hospitals becoming obsolete?'. Print Edition | Subscribe