Were the lockdowns supposed to preserve health system capacity? Instead they are destroying it.
Rick Jackson is CEO of Jackson Healthcare, which helps staff over 3,000 hospitals as third-largest health care staffing firm in the country. He warns that directives to halt so-called elective medical procedures (which means everything that is not an emergency) have left hospitals with historic numbers of empty beds and about half of their former revenues.
“Hospitals in every corner of the country might close for good,” Jackson warns in a piece for Newsweek magazine. “Health care's footprint—large and small, rural and urban alike—will be forever changed by this crisis unless our government gets out of the way and allows doctors to go about their business of healing patients. After all, it's doctors and patients who should make decisions about care, not bureaucrats.”