Profiteering With Covid-19 Virus
For the public good?
The pharma companies across the world are in a position to earn millions from the virus pandemic. Other much smaller companies making masks, hand sanitizers, advertising with CDC guidelines, gloves, are also making money from the virus. All of this is normal, however, after talking with my physician of how things work in hospitals generally, I am questioning the virus numbers being debated of those positive and those who are not.
The Nitty Gritty
Governments around the world have passed various measures to help with testing. In the USA, when a person goes to a hospital or other testing facility, it may or may not cost something. But, these testing facilities receive several thousands of dollars for each positive result and no money for negative results. A positive result earns the testing facility taxpayer money to compensate for a variety of costs. But with the debate regarding virus positive and negative results in any location, one needs to ask, is this subsidy from the government skewing the test results? Naturally, from a business aspect, the more positive tests the facility has, the more money it makes.
It makes one begin to wonder about the testing numbers. When a vaccine arrives, the same type of nonsense may happen. The government is funding with taxpayer dollars the big pharma companies to find a vaccine, yet, when one is found, the pharma companies want to charge for each dose given from $20-40. Huh, wait a minute, they used taxpayer money to find it and now want to charge us again for a dose! Can this become any more insane?
The government subsidy for positive test results is a temptation for abuse and greed. This became apparent when two ladies signed up locally to get the covid-19 test. They did the paperwork and got in line. After waiting for over an hour, they simply left and went home. A few days later, both received shocking news. Both test results were positive! Hmmm, how can this be you ask? Clerical error or corrupt greed on the testing facility? Remember, they signed up (so the testing facility have personal information) but had never got the test. One of the ladies went back for an explanation, she was told it was a clerical error. But was it? Did the facility still report this erroneous test as positive to get the money? No one knows, but I suspect so.
Even if it was a true clerical error, it still makes you suspicious of the numbers the public are being told, and worse, it false positives are being reported as positive in order to get the subsidy money.
At this point, numbers are a blur. But there is some real profiteering happening with this pandemic.