by jerry on December 13, 2020
Kaiser Health News published an article about many smaller doctors' offices shutting down because of the lack of patients during the pandemic. The closure of these doctors' offices is sadly ironic that in the pandemic's current surge, many hospitals lack personnel and many patients have difficulty getting access to medical care.
Doctors' offices can have high fixed overhead (e.g. trained medical staff), and when their primary source of revenue vanishes, then understandably, many offices might not survive. There is likely a lesson from this scenario, in case a widespread lockdown is ever needed again: it might well be worth paying doctors' offices to stay open, similar to how the US government subsidizes certain industries that it considers strategic (and therefore important to be domestic).