Trump said, “Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say, ‘I’m sorry but everyone is dying of Covid.’ ” Without citing anything Proof, at a rally in Waterford Township, Michigan.
There is no evidence of the president’s claim and the statement represents a stunning attack on medical workers as the country faces its worst public health emergency in more than 100 years. As of Friday evening, more than 90,000 Americans had been diagnosed with Covid-19, a new daily high, and at least 929 deaths were reported, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. Two states, South Dakota and Wyoming, recorded the highest daily death tolls on Thursday.
Medical experts have long predicted that autumn and winter will lead to a spike in coronavirus cases as temperatures drop across the country and people begin to spend more time indoors, where the virus can spread more easily. The country is now seeing this rally – the five days with the most reported Covid-19 cases have come in the past week.
The American Medical Association, without naming the president, has condemned claims that doctors are inflating the number of Covid-19 patients they treat – describing these rumors as “pernicious, outrageous, and utterly misleading.”
“The suggestion that doctors – in the midst of a public health crisis – are outperforming COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a pernicious, outrageous and utterly misleading charge,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Association. The Doctors Syndicate said in a written statement.
“Throughout this pandemic, doctors, nurses and frontline health care workers have risked their health, safety and lives to treat their patients and defeat a deadly virus,” Bailey added.
During his campaign hiatus, Trump claimed that other countries attribute deaths among coronavirus patients with underlying conditions to other factors, but in the United States, doctors choose Covid-19 because they get extra money.
“In Germany and elsewhere, if you have a heart attack, or if you have cancer, or if you are terminally ill, or you get Covid, and they say you are dying of cancer, or you die of a heart attack. With us, when in doubt, choose Covid. That’s right, No, it’s true. Now they’ll say, “Oh that’s what he said is terrible,” but that’s right. It’s like an extra 2,000 dollars, so you’ll get more money, “Trump said.
However, if someone with a pre-existing case caught Covid and then died, then the cause of their death would be Covid-19. Even if this person eventually died from the pre-existing condition – for example, heart disease – the Coronavirus is the cause of their killing and will be identified as the cause of death.
“The primary cause of death is the condition that started the chain of events that ultimately led to the person’s death. In 92% of all deaths that mention Covid-19, Covid-19 is listed as the primary cause of death,” Bob Anderson said, head of death statistics at the centers America’s Disease Control and Prevention said last month in a statement it provided to CNN.
This is not the first time that Trump has unfounded the accuracy of the US Covid-19 death count.
Last Saturday, Trump said, “We’re reporting them and you know – doctors are getting more money, hospitals are getting more money. Think about this incentive.” “This country and their reporting systems are really not doing it right.”