Patients are canceling or postponing surgeries…the healthcare industry is collapsing
The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the American health care system, pushing hospitals and providers to their limits amid the worst medical crisis in a century. And it’s having a powerful effect on the system as a whole, not just the emergency rooms and intensive care units that are dealing most directly with the virus. Patients are canceling or postponing surgeries, skipping the dentist and taking whatever steps they can to avoid the health care system. As a result, the health care industry is collapsing in on itself.
….Vivian Ho, a health economist and professor at Rice University, told the Post that some health systems are reporting 50% or greater losses in revenue, resulting in furloughs and pay cuts. “And while I think they’re going to rebound, it will be slow and won’t go back to what it was before,” she said.