SNMMI Joins Medical Societies in Denouncing Claims That Physicians Are Over-Counting COVID-19 Deaths for Financial Gain

October 27, 2020

SNMMI stands with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and its fellow medical societies in condemning recent claims that hospitals and physicians are inflating the number of COVID-19 deaths for their own financial gain.

Nuclear medicine professionals play an essential role in caring patients by providing precision diagnosis and treatment for cancer, heart disease, brain disease and other disorders. Like many medical professionals, they have been working long hours under stressful conditions to provide the best patient care possible throughout the pandemic.

The official CMSS statement follows:

Speaking with one voice, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), with 45 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physician members, condemns the baseless claim that physicians are overcounting Covid-19 deaths for financial or political gain.

This implication is a direct affront to the professionalism and ethics of physicians and other health professionals who serve at the frontline of this pandemic at great risk to themselves and their families, often without adequate personal protective equipment. Many physicians have taken pay cuts to ensure that struggling medical practices and healthcare facilities remain open for their patients.

Although CMSS and its member societies should not have to defend the integrity of physicians and other clinicians during a national crisis, we stand with our members who are tirelessly working to serve the needs of their patients and their communities. These baseless claims do a disservice to all health professionals and promulgate misinformation that hinders our nation’s efforts to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control. Every American deserves a strong public health response to the pandemic based on sound science and respect for those who provide care.