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The US Is Not Fully Prepared to Resume Elective Medical Care, Clinicians Say

Healthcare workers say their organizations need additional Covid-19 testing and more personal protective equipment.

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The US Is Not Fully Prepared to Resume Elective Medical Care, Clinicians Say
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Hospitals across the country have suffered an economic toll from the elimination of nonemergency care. Now with the rate of new Covid-19 cases dropping, they are planning to restart regular patient care. But in Bain & Company’s latest survey of frontline healthcare workers and other clinicians, nearly 60% report their organizations are not yet equipped to manage the return to elective care. The two most commonly cited barriers to successfully managing the return to elective care were a lack of provider and patient testing and an insufficient supply of personal protective equipment. Management of patient volume and social-distancing policies were also cited as obstacles to resuming elective procedures. 

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