Sentence: Although the term “patient dumping” was rarely used before the 1960s, the practice started much earlier. In the late 1870s, the New York Times began to report that private hospitals were using ambulances to shift poor, moribund patients to Bellevue, the city’s preeminent public facility. Many trips had serious medical consequences. Private hospitals also instructed ambulances to take critically ill patients directly to Bellevue regardless of the distance.
Meaning: At the point of death or terminal decline; lacking vitality and vigour
Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?
Remember “Moribund” as “Mortal at the end“. The mortal person is at the point of death! Remember thus.
Stagnant; Crumbling; Atrophying; Obsolescent.
Thriving; Recovering; Flourishing.
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