The Health Care Costs Of COVID-19


On this West Virginia Morning, we take a deep dive into how COVID-19 is affecting health and health care in the Mountain State.

COVID-19 affects people differently. Some have no symptoms or can recover at home, but others have to be hospitalized, sometimes even for months. This comes at a price, for both the patient and the health care industry. Eric Douglas reports.

When hospitals canceled nonessential medical procedures at the beginning of the pandemic, it created an economic free fall. U.S. hospitals have lost $200 billion and laid off nearly a million workers. Urban hospitals and clinics have faced a run on equipment and supplies. While rural facilities have seen fewer COVID-19 cases, they took the same hit to their income and revenue. 

On the latest episode of WVPB’s program Us & Them, host Trey Kay speaks with health care providers all around West Virginia to find out just how healthy is our health care system in the age of a pandemic and which institutions will survive to help redefine the future of medicine?

This is an excerpt of the latest episode of our show Us & Them titled “Forced Apart: The ‘Delicate and Crazy Dance’ of American Health Care.” To hear the rest of the show, tune into West Virginia Public Broadcasting tonight at 8 p.m. There will be an encore presentation of this episode this Saturday at 3 p.m.  You can also download Us & Them wherever you get your podcasts.

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