Text from a Front-line Doctor J in Michigan: Over Run Hospitals and Primary Care Clinics Laying Off Employees

Dr. J:

They are in crisis mode, as we are.  Our hospitals are getting overrun by people under 50 on vents, we are running out of vents. Primary care offices closing because they can’t pay staff, so no one available to triage people away from the E.R.  It’s bad and just beginning.

Why can’t the primary care clinics pay their staff?

Dr. J:

They bill insurance so revenue depends on patient volume because of the virus — primary care offices canceled all in-person care to reduce transmission.  No patient visits, so no bills to insurance, so no revenue — means they can’t pay employees, so they get laid off.

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