- The American Medical Association fought back on Friday, after US President Donald Trump said that as cases across the country continue to rise, doctors falsely reporting the number of COVID-19 deaths are money.
- In a rally in Michigan, the president falsely claimed that doctors improperly cited COVID as the cause of death in some cases in order to obtain monetary benefits.
- AMA said in a statement: “In a public health crisis, doctors overestimating COVID-19 patients or lying in their pockets are a malicious, cruel and completely misleading allegation.”
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The American Medical Association fought back on Friday after President Donald Trump erroneously advised doctors to exaggerate the value of the COVID-19 death toll, as cases across the country continue to rise.
At a rally in Michigan on Friday, the president lamented the increase in coronavirus cases and blamed it on the increase in testing, which was questioned by his own testing czar. He then said that doctors improperly cited COVID-19 as the cause of death in some cases in order to obtain monetary benefits.
“You know, if someone dies from COVID, our doctors will get more money. Did you know?” Trump asked the crowd. He told American doctors on the frontline of the coronavirus: “If you have any questions, please choose COVID” as the cause of death.
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Video: Dr. Jha tells Trump’s claim that doctors exaggerated the death of Covid with false facts (MSNBC)
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The AMA, the largest medical association in the United States, responded to the allegations in a strongly worded statement that did not mention the president’s name. The statement said that front-line medical staff risked their lives to fight the virus, “because they took the sacred oath, they were required to perform their duties.”
AMA President Susan Bailey said: “In a public health crisis, doctors exaggerating COVID-19 patients or lying in their pockets are a malicious, cruel and completely misleading accusation.”
She added: “Our leaders should not bash us and lash out at doctors, but should follow science and urge to follow our known public health procedures-wear masks, wash hands and distancing themselves.”
The statement also pointed out that the current number of coronavirus cases has hit a record high. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the number of daily cases in the United States broke the record again on Friday, exceeding 97,000.