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Hospitals are making COVID-19 cases up in the U.S. to get more money.

There is no evidence to show that hospitals in the U.S. are reporting more COVID-19 cases and deaths statistics for financial gains.

There is no evidence to show that hospitals in the U.S. are reporting more COVID-19 cases and deaths statistics for financial gains.During a campaign rally in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump said doctors and hospitals get more money if somebody dies from COVID-19 and claims that they are inflating the number of cases in the US. Medical associations rejected the president’s claim that deaths were being improperly counted for financial reasons. Johns Hopkins University researchers reported that the virus had killed over 230,000 people. There is no evidence that the figures are overestimated.

The American College of Emergency Physicians issued a statement stating that Trump's assertions that physicians are over-counting deaths related to COVID-19 are false. 45 different medical and surgical specialty societies came out with a unified statement refuting Trump's claim.

According to CMS, there were 284,316 total COVID-19 hospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries till Aug. 15. That is only 5% of the 5.3 million confirmed cases in the U.S. reported as of that point in time. CDC said that mortality statistics are compiled under WHO regulations. Furthermore, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that the more number of COVID-19 cases are being reported to make financial gains. Thus, we can conclude that no discrepancies have been found in the COVID-19 case reporting.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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