Almost As Predicted

We are about to destroy our healthcare system because of COVID. But not in the way predicted:

5 thoughts on “Almost As Predicted”

  1. I’m not surprised. I’ve read several articles over the past few years about the precarious finances of the rural hospitals in my state and across the country. Tons of hospitals are in bad financial shape and this is going to send some over the edge.

    We will also see a bunch of small colleges close. I believe two or three have already announced that they will not reopen in the fall.

    I also saw a post on Facebook this morning that a restaurant in my town announced it is closing for good. It wasn’t a place I ever went, but it’s a business that has been around for a really long time. I’m sure there will be lots more in the coming weeks and months.


    1. // Tons of hospitals are in bad financial shape and this is going to send some over the edge.

      Just to be sure I got it right, are those rural hospitals and INTEGRIS closing because there are no patients in the middle of the pandemic? Thus, hospitals and medical centers earn almost no money and are forced to close , even when they stop proving help to (non-coronavirus) patients who truly need it?


      1. Hospitals canceled all non-COVID patients to make room for COVID patients. Who never came. So there’s no money to pay staff. So the staff gets laid off. Some hospitals close altogether.

        This is why the projections I keep posting are important. This was all done based on those projections. And now the projections have changed dramatically while our response hasn’t.


      2. Rural hospitals in the US were having financial problems before the corona virus for a variety of reasons. They often have high costs related to poor economies of scale, mostly because they have expensive equipment and supplies that don’t get used as much as they would in a larger hospital. They also see lots of uninsured patients and patients on Medicaid which doesn’t always pay the hospitals as well as private insurance. The uninsured patients are a particular issue in the rural areas that have seen spikes in drug overdoses in recent years. Hospitals in the US are legally required to treat emergency patients even if they know that the person can’t pay. And the serious drug users are far more likely to be uninsured than the average person, so someone overdoses, the hospital saves them running up expenses, and then the hospital gets $0 because they have no insurance.


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