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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, April 06, 2020

Mammoth Lakes' remote location, three hours from Reno, Nevada, and five hours from Los Angeles, is part of what makes the town a serene getaway. But with just one hospital, 17 beds and four ventilators, locals worry that they're sitting ducks if, or more likely when, COVID-19 spreads here in earnest.

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I've already laid this scenario out.

The delay to significant community spread in rural areas will simply mean urban hospitals will be unable to accept transfers from woefully under equipped and unprepared rural hospitals.

While being spread out might help reduce the chances of contracting it, if you get it and you need help you're going to be screwed.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-06 12:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The trend over the past 15 years or more is closing rural hospitals because they're not as profitable as suburban and city hospitals. More serious cases are simply transported to the city hospitals. Having all that expensive equipment out there in the country does not offer much in terms of ROI.

This is what happens when you leave the provisioning of your nation's health infrastructure to the market.
You don't get a health infrastructure.
You get a profit infrastructure.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-06 02:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Womp womp,

#3 | Posted by zelkova at 2020-04-06 11:44 PM | Reply

Womp womp,

#4 | Posted by zelkova at 2020-04-06 11:44 PM | Reply

Well speaking frankly, we already have a shortage of Doctors. In particular what I even consider "adequate" doctors. My metro area has a handful of good doctors and the rest are adequate or less... I don't even know how we have some of the good ones we do. If you get into the actual rural areas - some downright terrible doctors are out there. Some rural areas and hospitals are doing their best to attract doctors. A friends sister (freshly out of school orthopedist) was just recruited to a truly rural hospital. She loves the area so she was open to it.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-04-07 09:36 AM | Reply

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