If you have been following the election rallies of the incumbent presidential candidate, Donald Trump, you would not have missed his claims that doctors have been lying about the COVID-19 deaths for money. It may be remembered that Trump claimed on Saturday that the doctors in the US have been lying about the number of Americans who have died of Coronavirus.
Trump went ahead, claiming that the doctors tend to inflate the number of deaths because they are paid money based on the deaths that have been attributed to the pandemic. And as has been a standard practice for him, he did not find the need to substantiate his claims with any evidence. This has invited criticism, and he has been reprimanded for his indiscriminate and baseless allegations.
The physicians’ groups have criticised the president and charged him of maligning their profession.
“Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that right?”, was what the president had claimed at an election rally in Waterford Township, Michigan. He continued to slam the doctors stating that “So what they do is, they say, ‘I’m sorry, but, you know, everybody dies of Covid,’”. He even went ahead to claim that doctors are paid something “like $2,000 more” for reporting COVID-19 deaths, in his own inimitable style.
It should be noticed that this isn’t the only time the president has made those claims. He has been making those claims without any substantiation in most of his election rallies. This has, in a way, angered the physicians and the umbrella organisation of the doctors, the AMA has
The American Medical Association claims that his repeated claims without any substantial evidence and termed it to be “malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge.”.
“Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people.” — Trump pushes a baseless conspiracy that greedy American health care workers are overcounting coronavirus deaths pic.twitter.com/fsajGTvvN3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
The AMA issued a statement negating and criticising the claims made by the president. As Susan R Bailey, the president of the AMA says in the statement,
Even the American College of Emergency Physicians claimed that the association was “appalled by President Trump’s reckless and false assertions that physicians are overcounting deaths related to COVID-19.”
There has been widespread displeasure among the medical professionals on the baseless claims being made by the outgoing president. The allegations have not only been seen as a disservice to the COVID warriors who have been striving hard to contain the virus, but it is also seen to be causing dangerous misinformation. The medical fraternity has also been of the opinion that the president is indirectly hindering the efforts of the nation to control the pandemic and get back to normalcy.