As they say follow the money. There was a disturbing admission from Dr. Scott Jensen a Minnesota physician.
"Dr. Scott Jensen: Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much. Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do."
I had my eyes opened in regards to money and medicine on a couple of consulting projects. Unfortunately I think you are both right. In critical areas like New York and Miami there is more need than equipment. It's heartbreaking that people who might be saved are not because of that shortage.I doubt with the shortage of ventilators they are using them to make money
But in areas where the virus is not taxing the system I can see it being looked at as an "upcharge" opportunity.
You can't say enough about what doctors, nurses and hospital staff are doing in those hardest hit areas. Those folks take risks daily and some have given their lives for their patients.The medical community is hard at work saving people as a first priority as they should be.