March 3, 2022

COVID-19 is receding. Why isn't the health care worker shortage?

"They" keep saying we have delayed surgeries, long waits for care and no hospital beds because of COVID-19. But infection and hospitalization rates are way down, so why are hospitals still paying $220 an hour to contract nurse agencies? Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. "Since event Y followed event X, event X must have caused event Y". Maybe sometimes, but not in this case.

Health care worker shortages were destined to occur, ever since the 1960s. Demography is destiny and health care utilization has risen dramatically due to our aging population and America's epidemic of chronic illness--not to mention all the Baby Boomer health care professionals now retiring.

Are people starting to see the light? Wall Street Journal - March 3, 2022