Is there a financial incentive for healthcare providers to declare Covid-19 to be cause of death even though they may have been afflicted with underlying conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart condition, liver or kidney disease, any one of which may be fatal.
In my life experience and research I came to the conclusion that a leading cause of death among older folks is a broken hip. How many people have known a senior citizen who fell and broke a hip and in a few weeks or months they were dead. I have often thought, although the broken hip was not the proximate cause of death, the drastic change in lifestyle hastened the death from some underlying condition. I would wager there is no death certificate anywhere with cause of death listed as broken hip.
The healthcare provider has a financial incentive to call the cause of death Covid-19. Medicare pays more to the provider if death is listed as result of Covid-19. All citizens 65 yrs. or older are automatically enrolled in Medicare. Could it be that death statistics are inflated for political and financial reasons?