Safety net hospitals are crucial, but closures are making healthcare less universal. Featuring Dr. Eric Santos.

Orthopedist Dr. Eric Santos sees a diverse range of patients in his two Texas practices in Corpus Christi and McAllen, which have very different patient populations. He works hard to provide culturally competent healthcare services to his Hispanic patients, which includes providing consultations in both Spanish and English. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Eric has logged five years USAF active duty, including service as a flight surgeon. Perhaps this indicates an adventurous spirit, something that led to a skiing accident that put him “on the other side of the scalpel” with a broken leg. Dr. Santos relates some of what he learned during his recovery, discusses aspects of health disparities and health equity, and shares his concern about the increasing crisis of safety net hospital closures. With podcast host Eileen Body.