Lack of adequate insurance puts healthcare workers at risk of malpractice lawsuits
Representatives of healthcare workers are asking the federal government to establish a similar nationwide immunity during the public health emergency, as some healthcare professionals are now working out of their usual practice area to support service in COVID-19 hotspots. In addition, healthcare workers in emergency rooms are operating under severe mental and physical stress with a huge shortage of personnel and personal protective equipment such as masks and gowns. They are forced to make clinical decisions and administer care with limited access to life-saving equipment such as ventilators. More than half a dozen emergency room doctors and nurses told Reuters they are concerned about liability in this crisis.
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