“Our doctors get more money if someone dies of Covid. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do. that they say ‘I’m sorry but everyone died of Covid’, “Trump said, without citing any evidence, at a rally in Waterford Township, Michigan.
There is no evidence for the President’s claim and the statement embodies a horrifying attack on medical workers as the country faces its worst public health emergency in over 100 years. As of Friday night, more than 90,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Covid-19, a new daily high and at least 929 deaths have been reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. South Dakota and Wyoming reported the highest daily death charges on Thursday.
Medical experts have long predicted that fall and winter will cause the number of coronavirus infections to spike as temperatures across the country drop and people begin to spend more time indoors where the virus is. can be more easily spread. The country is currently experiencing that spike ̵1; the five most reported days of Covid-19 infections all arrived last week.
The American Medical Association, unnamed its President, condemned claims that doctors exaggerated the number of Covid-19 patients they treated – calling such rumors “malignant, outrageous. too and completely wrong. “
“To propose that physicians – in the midst of the public health crisis – count too many COVID-19 patients or lie to pick their pockets is a malicious, outrageous and completely false claim,” said Tien. Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, said in a written statement.
“During this pandemic, frontline doctors, nurses and medical staff risked their health, safety, and lives to treat patients and defeat a virus,” Bailey added. Deadly.
During the cessation of his campaign, Trump stated that other countries attributed the death of coronavirus patients to underlying conditions due to other factors, but in the United States doctors chose Covid-19 because of them. get more money.
“In Germany and elsewhere, if you have a heart attack, or if you have cancer, you have a terminal illness, you catch Covid, they say you die of cancer, you die of a heart attack. , when in doubt choose Covid It was true, no, it was true. Now they would say ‘oh, what he said was awful’, but it was true.It’s like an extra $ 2,000 yell so you get more money, “Trump said.
However, if someone who had a pre-existing illness had Covid and subsequently died, then the cause of their death would be Covid-19. Even if the person may eventually have died of an existing condition – heart disease, for example – the coronavirus will be what kills them and will be identified as the cause of their death.
“The primary cause of death is the initiation of the last sequence of events leading to the death of a person. Of the 92% of all deaths that Covid-19 is mentioned, Covid-19 is listed as intact.” The principal causes of death, “said Bob Anderson, head of mortality statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last month in a statement to CNN.
This is not the first time Trump has questioned unfoundedly about the accuracy of the US Covid-19 death data.
“We report them and you know – doctors get more money, and hospitals get more money. Think about this incentive,” Trump said last Saturday. “This country and its reporting system are really doing it wrong.”