Outside coronavirus hot spots, medical practices suffering from lack of patients
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Empty hospitals, closed medical clinics and unemployed surgeons: While Americans see images of an overrun health-care system, the reality nationwide is very different. Beds may be full in New York City and elsewhere, but the coronavirus has been suffocating much of the rest of U.S. medicine.
“Our physicians are seeing a reduction of 60-75 percent of inpatient visits,” said Shawn Martin, a senior vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Our fear is that many physician practices will be out of business or no longer in operation because of the economic-related impact of the coronavirus.”
The academy said the current shutdown could prompt roughly half of U.S. family physicians – about 58,000 in all – to close their practices and lay off hundreds of thousands of staffers.
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[Source: Fox News]