Forbes January 19, 2022
Dr. Stephen Thomas, a practicing infectious diseases physician at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, explains how the pandemic has made visible many of the underlying problems in America’s healthcare system.
After facing down the waves of delta and omicron variants, there is little doubt the U.S. healthcare system is rapidly careening towards a breaking point, and without an immediate and meaningful intervention, the damage will be significant and take years to undo.
A total system collapse is unlikely, but there will almost certainly be a sustained retraction in the preventive, emergency, and elective medical services available to patients. If nothing changes, substantial rationing of medical care in the U.S. will become commonplace, medical costs will...