Idaho’s Largest Hospital Implements Health Care Rationing, Others Allowed to Follow Suit

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      RCW2020
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      Rebecca Klapper 1 hr ago

      Idaho’s largest hospital network implemented health care rationing due to an influx of COVID-19 patients this week, and Idaho public health leaders expanded the rationing statewide on Thursday.

      St. Luke’s Health System asked state health leaders to allow “crisis standards of care” on Wednesday as the increase in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization has exhausted medical resources. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare then made the announcement allowing hospitals across the state to follow suit.

      “The situation is dire – we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident,” Idaho Department of Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said in a statement.

      Crisis care standards mean that the scarce resources available for COVID-19 patients will be allotted to the patients most likely to survive. Other patients are treated with less effective methods or given pain relief and other palliative care in the most dire cases.

      For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

      Idaho is one of the least vaccinated U.S. states, with only about 40 percent of its residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only Wyoming and West Virginia have lower vaccination rates.

      Link to source…

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      Oregon has a lot more cases than during the previous height of the pandemic.

      I was at Starbucks this morning – indoor seating is open for the first time in a year and a half.

      My nurse practitioner friend said “Well, the pandemic must be over.” Sarcastically, of course – she has to send some of her clinic patients to hospitals.

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      djean111
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      He was planning for this.  And we can shovel money to Pharma, but not to hospitals.  Except for that 20% extra for cases considered Covid.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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      Satan
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      If they think horse dewormer will save them, let them be treated by a horse doctor, and let the human doctors get on with treating patients who didn’t willfully kill themselves with stupidity.

      (no offense meant to horses, of course, of course)

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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      But with ICU bed availability at 8%, that has been stopped. Adding more pressure to Idaho’s healthcare system.

      A lot of things to unpack here. A couple: One can only imagine how bad things would be with an illness that had even a 10 or 20 percent fatality rate. Or some major disaster. For profit healthcare has no interest in having lots of excess capacity in case of emergency. One could legislate it I suppose, but the costs would be passed back to us in any event.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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