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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

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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