The Covid-19 pandemic has changed so much about society. Everything from how we socialize to where we work and how we get medical care has all changed. Hospitals have felt the pinch of this pandemic likely more than any other industry. Things like finding a hospital bed for a patient that is sick without Covid-19 have become a challenge for hospitals. Staffing shortages and more are all impacting hospitals.
The Business End of Hospitals
Recent studies have shown that since March 2020, there has been a decline in spending on health care. There are several reasons why people are not seeking out medical care, including fear of catching Covid-19 from the health care setting, concerns about capacity in the hospitals, and concerns about social distancing. Less money spent on healthcare means fewer profits for hospitals.
It also means that hospitals are finding themselves struggling financially to pay the bills. Hospital beds are being taken up by Covid-19 patients, which means other patients that are waiting for elective surgery are not being serviced. This is greatly affecting the hospital’s bottom lines.
People are leaving healthcare positions in hospitals in droves. Backfilling the positions is very difficult because of Covid-19 fears. The staff that remains is overworked because of the new influx of Covid-19 patients each day. It is almost two years now since the pandemic first began and many health care professionals are completely burned out.
Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, there have been supply issues, including medical supply issues. Some hospitals are struggling with finding the simplest supplies like medication while others are struggling with equipment shortages because of the pandemic. Hospital beds, ventilators, and even IV poles are becoming harder to find. Supply shortages are one of the biggest problems hospitals must overcome. They have had to wait long periods of time for necessary supplies.
How We Get Healthcare
Fewer people are going to the hospital and choosing instead to do things virtually. Many people choose telehealth and at-home testing. Even when they are sick (with anything other than Covid-19), people avoid that hospital bed at all costs.
No one can predict the outcomes when it comes to the long-term Covid-19 effects on hospitals, but everyone is in agreement that things have changed and may even alter how hospitals continue to do things in the future.