Three months from now, when the Covid-19 virus is under control, what happens to hospitals and healthcare as we know it in the United States? How will hospitals fare financially? This is an unprecedented situation which has cost hospitals money and supplies.
I believe the answer to that question lies in the basic economics of how to recoup the costs of a pandemic. While we thank those brave souls on the front lines of caring for the afflicted, we need to recognize this may have caused their careers to be fundamentally changed forever. When all is said and done, will they go back to the same job as before the pandemic or will they have a new role?
Hospitals have set up beds in parking garages to address the numbers of patients. This all costs money and the implications continue to grow. Will big donors help? Will our future healthcare plans start to look more like socialized medicine? The U.S. as a whole will need to step up and support the people and systems who literally gave everything they had to keep our citizens healthy. Large philanthropic organizations need to keep this in mind and continue to give in the coming months to keep our hospitals viable and able to go back to "normal."