- A New York hospital that pays huge surcharges for masks, face shields and robes to protect its doctors during the coronavirus emergency. Associated Press (AP) reports.
- The CFO of Saint Joseph & # 39; s Medical Center said price cutters are asking for $ 7 for a 50-cent dress and $ 25 for a protective shield, which normally costs $ 1.25.
- Yonkers Hospital is located in one of the poorest areas of the state most affected by the coronavirus.
- Nearly 260,000 cases have been reported and more than 19,000 people have died in New York State. after The Guardian.
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According to the Associated Press (AP), a New York hospital pays up to 20 times the regular price for essential PSA items that its doctors need to fight the coronavirus.
The Saint Joseph & # 39; s Medical Center in Yonkers has to buy items such as face masks, robes and protective shields at massively inflated prices, the CFO told AP.
The hospital serves one of the poorest areas in New York State, the worst-affected state in the country, with nearly 260,000 cases reported and more than 19,000 people dead. according to the Guardian.
28 people were waiting for treatment at Saint Joseph's emergency room and ambulances were waiting outside, AP reported.
Images from inside the unit showed how the hospital is 150% full. Half of the 280 employees have already tested positive for the virus.
In addition to these challenges, there is an additional financial burden.
"There are a lot of people hollowing out there," CFO Frank Hagan told AP. "A mask that used to cost 50 cents is $ 7, $ 8 a piece.
"Dresses that would also cost 50 cents each cost $ 7. Shields for $ 1.25, people looking for $ 25 a pop, so the cost is an important issue."
Facebook, Instagram and Amazon have announced all efforts to curb the price cut for basic PPE items for the wider consumer. However, the scene at Saint Joseph & # 39; s shows how these inflated prices also affect services at the forefront.
According to New York lawSelling vital consumer goods at an "incomprehensibly inflated price" during an emergency that disrupts the market is illegal, and a civil fine of up to $ 25,000 can be imposed.
An update from March 27th from the New York Department of Consumer Affairs made it clear that this applies to PSA during the corona virus.
However, since the law specifically applies to consumer goods for "personal, family, or household purposes," it is unclear which law might protect the Saint Joseph’s Medical Center.
The hospital also had to buy or rent beds and equipment to meet Governor Andrew Cuomo's March 23 order that every state hospital increase capacity by 150%, AP reported.
There has been widespread confusion about the distribution of national PSA stocks. After the states were asked to secure their own, some government officials accused the government of rerouting their orders, Business Insider previously reported.
On Tuesday, the country's largest nursing union, National Nurses United, protested outside the White House against insufficient PSA supplies.
The union urged President Trump to use the Defense Production Law to boost production, Business Insider reported.