Irrational panic over COVID-19 causes hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and lay off huge numbers of health care workers

All over the country, irrational panic over COVID-19 is causing hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and lay off huge numbers of health care workers. Here are some news headlines about this:

https://www.masslive.com/boston/2020/04/coronavirus-financial-losses-prompt-boston-medical-center-to-furlough-700-employees-10-of-hospitals-workforce.html

Coronavirus financial losses prompt Boston Medical Center to furlough 700 employees, 10% of hospital’s workforce

https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article241565211.html

Kentucky hospital chain furloughs about 500 employees as coronavirus saps business

https://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2020/04/a-mounting-casualty-crisis-health-care-jobs/

A mounting casualty crisis: Health care jobs

http://wvmetronews.com/2020/04/03/thomas-health-to-lay-off-hundreds-as-business-shrinks-because-of-coronavirus/

Four West Virginia hospitals lay off hundreds because of coronavirus-related shrinking revenues

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/02/coronavirus-pandemic-jobs-us-health-care-workers-furloughed-laid-off/5102320002/

Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic

https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/09/i-cant-get-my-hip-surgery-because-of-coronavirus-even-though-nobody-is-in-our-hospital/

I Can’t Get My Hip Surgery Because Of Coronavirus Even Though Nobody Is In Our Hospital

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/musc-health-lays-off-900-due-to-covid-19-financial-strain.html

MUSC Health lays off 900 due to COVID-19 financial strain

https://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/oklahoma-city-hospital-closed-amid-coronavirus-spread/article_0b2e6a38-d470-57a0-8d32-a9eeb80d0bbe.html

Oklahoma City hospital closed amid coronavirus spread

So people who need hip replacements and other kinds of elective surgeries are being denied these procedures, and hospitals are laying off huge numbers of health care workers. This doesn’t make any sense to me.

April 10, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . COVID-19, Health care.

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