AMA addresses suggestion doctors overcounting COVID patients

On October 31, the American Medical Association issued the following statement, which is attributable to its president, Susan R. Bailey, M.D.

“Throughout this pandemic, physicians, nurses, and frontline health care workers have risked their health, their safety, and their lives to treat their patients and defeat a deadly virus. They did it because duty called and because of the sacred oath they took. The suggestion that doctors – in the midst of a public health crisis – are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge. COVID-19 cases are at record highs today. Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work – wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing.”