A new story by Axios reports that Donald Trump believes that the coronavirus death toll has been greatly exaggerated.
Two of Trump’s senior administration officials spoke with Axios and shared that others in Trump’s administration also believe that hospitals have misdiagnosed patients with COVID-19 in order to get extra money from Medicare.
Currently, Medicare offers a 20% bonus for coronavirus patients, due to the fact that hospitals have had to pause a lot of other routine care and procedures that bring in revenue.
In early April, Dr. Scott Jensen, a physician, and Minnesota senator appeared on Fox News and spoke to Laura Ingraham. During the interview, he suggested that it was a very possible “avenue” to getting more Medicare funding. He added that hospital administrators are probably feeling great pressure to diagnose cases of pneumonia as coronavirus because of it.
There has been no evidence provided that hospitals have in any way abused the Medicare system.
One of the officials that spoke with Axios stated that he believes that Trump will soon speak publicly about his misgivings with hospital data.
Several of the country’s top health experts have repeatedly stated that if anything the death toll numbers from the coronavirus have been underrated because people are dying without being tested and many states do not count “probable” cases in their death totals. Coroners across the country have repeatedly asked for test kits so they can get a more accurate number on coronavirus deaths.
According to John Hopkins University, as of Thursday, there were more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US, in addition to 73,431 deaths,