New York state’s public hospitals never turn a patient away. That’s the mission of RNs everywhere. Our public hospitals care for all New Yorkers, and they are the frontline of our defense against infectious diseases, like the COVID-19.
But our public hospitals are in danger: from Buffalo, to Westchester, to New York City, the healthcare systems that protect the public’s health are underfunded and in danger. Public sector nurses are fighting back against efforts to cut funding, cut or privatize services, close facilities, or impose other austerity measures.
After years of battling against state budget cuts to healthcare funding, NYSNA members helped win fair funding gains for public and safety-net hospitals in the 2022 New York State budget.
NYSNA is building a powerful coalition of patients, community leaders, and elected officials to reverse austerity and to fairly fund our public healthcare system. We believe every patient is a VIP and should receive quality care, regardless of their zip code or ability to pay. We are committed to ending the two-tiered system of healthcare that drives racial and income-based healthcare disparities. Together, we have the power to protect the vital public hospitals that New Yorkers depend on, improve access to care, and ensure quality care for all.