Summary List PlacementThe American Medical Association hit back on Friday after President Donald Trump incorrectly recommended medical professionals are inflating COVID-19 death counts for money, as cases continue to climb across the country.
Throughout a Michigan rally on Friday, the president regreted the boost in coronavirus cases, blaming it on a boost in testing, a claim his own testing czar has contested. He then said physicians are incorrectly mentioning COVID-19 as a cause of death sometimes for monetary gain.
” You know, our physicians get more cash if someone passes away from COVID. You understand that, right?” Trump asked the crowd. He identified United States medical professionals on the frontlines of coronavirus as saying, “When in doubt, choose COVID,” for the cause of death.
” Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from Covid.– Trump presses an unwarranted conspiracy that greedy American health care workers are overcounting coronavirus deaths pic.twitter.com/fsajGTvvN3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
The AMA, the nation’s biggest association of doctors, responded to the accusation in a strongly-worded statement that did not attend to the president by name. The statement said frontline healthcare workers have actually risked their lives to eliminate the virus “because task called and since of the sacred oath they took.”.
” The idea that doctors– in the midst of a public health crisis– are overcounting COVID-19 clients or lying to line their pockets is a destructive, outrageous, and completely misdirected charge,” Susan Bailey, president of the AMA, said.
” Rather than assaulting us and lobbing unwarranted charges at doctors, our leaders must be following the science and advising adherence to the public health steps we know work– using a mask, cleaning hands, and practicing physical distancing,” she added.
The statement also noted that coronavirus cases are currently at record-high numbers. According to The COVID Tracking Task, the United States daily case number exceeded once again on Friday by surpassing 97,000 cases.Join the discussion about this story” NOW SEE: How the Navy’s largest hospital ship can help with the coronavirus
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