With the billions in losses that hospitals and health care facilities are facing could lead to a number of unfavorable results for the American people. Hospitals' ability to stay operational is one initial issue that sticks out. Many hospitals with mounting debts are simply unable to continue operating and are forced to close their doors. Hospital closures are becoming more common, especially in rural areas where health care facilities are few and far between. Already in the first half of 2020, there have been 12 rural hospital closures.
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- Healthcare spending in April dropped for hospitals (-43%), and physician offices (-37%).
- There was a 77.87% decrease in in-person medical visits from March to
April 2020compared to the same period in 2019.
- The AHA projects health care system losses of
$120.5 billionfrom July through December 2020, totaling $323.1 billionin losses for 2020.
- Over the course of 2020, primary care practices are expected to lose
$67,774per full-time-equivalent physician. The estimated cost to neutralize this revenue loss nationally would be $15.1 billion.
States with already high hospital expenses and health insurance premiums could see even higher rates impacting their bottom line over the next decade. Given the projected hospital debts, these states are likely to see the largest increase given the expected high rate of growth.
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