Doctors Without Patients: ‘Our Waiting Rooms Are Like Ghost Towns’

As visits plummet because of the coronavirus, small physician practices are struggling to survive.

While there are no hard numbers, there are signs that many small [primary care practices] are barely hanging on. Across the country, only half of primary care doctor practices say they have enough cash to stay open for the next four weeks, according to one study, and many are already laying off or furloughing workers...

Almost half of primary care practices have laid off or furloughed employees, said Rebecca Etz, an associate professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-director of the Larry A. Green Center, which is surveying doctors with the Primary Care Collaborative, a nonprofit group. Many practices said they did not know if they had enough cash to stay open for the next month.

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