Alaska Hospitals Make Wrenching Decisions as They Begin to Ration Care

With Covid cases soaring and medical centers short of staff, doctors are forced to choose which patients to treat.

Photo: Justin Connaher

Rural areas across the United States are in crisis as Covid-19 overwhelms some hospitals, but the situation is especially dire in Alaska, which has the highest US rate of Covid cases and recently turned to emergency measures to allow the rationing of healthcare at 20 medical centers across the state.

Alaska’s health system, stretched by enormous distances and limited resources, was precarious before the pandemic hit, and now remote communities are worried they will have nowhere to send their sickest patients. Read more at The Guardian.

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