Dr. Oz says that many people in New Orleans go to emergency rooms for their primary medical care, waiting in line for hours—sometimes days—to see a doctor. "It doesn't work. That's not a way to get healthcare, because it's an expensive, very inefficient way of getting care," he says.
This breakdown in the healthcare system, Dr. Oz says, is "mortgaging the future" of the residents. "If you're not getting the appropriate care—especially for the young ones in our society—then you will be paying that price for generations to come."
Dr. Oz says it's important for Americans to be aware of what's going on in New Orleans because it can affect anyone. "If you're sitting at home and think this isn't about you, believe me, what you're seeing in New Orleans is how this country will respond to a natural disaster in your community," he says. "This is about all of us and it's about now. This is a litmus test for our nation."