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Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, is an enterprise reporter who focuses on the quality of patient care and has covered medicine for two decades. Before coming to KHN, Szabo covered medicine for USA Today for nearly 13 years.

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Hospital financial decisions play role in critical shortage of pediatric beds

By: - December 23, 2022

The dire shortage of pediatric hospital beds plaguing the nation this fall is a byproduct of financial decisions made by hospitals over the past decade, as they shuttered children’s wards, which often operate in the red, and expanded the number of beds available for more profitable endeavors like joint replacements and cancer care. To cope […]

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Unraveling the interplay of omicron, reinfections and long COVID

By: - August 29, 2022

The latest COVID-19 surge, caused by a shifting mix of quickly evolving omicron subvariants, appears to be waning, with cases and hospitalizations beginning to fall. Like past COVID waves, this one will leave a lingering imprint in the form of long COVID, an ill-defined catchall term for a set of symptoms that can include debilitating […]