‘I Thought We’d Be Spending Less’: What We Heard This Week

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“We knew it would be a lot of money, but I thought we’d be spending less.” — Heather Vallier, MD, of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, on her team’s study that showed the total cost of care for treating gunshot victims at the trauma center over a 27-month period was over $18 million.

“This is an all-out abortion ban, plain and simple.” — Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Texas abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health, on the new Texas law that bans abortions after 6 weeks.

“We are kind of at the public’s mercy.” — Susannah Briskin, MD, a member of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness Executive Committee, on whether people will follow COVID-related guidance on return to youth sports.

“Putting yourself at risk of dying to have ‘natural’ immunity is not a great tradeoff.” — Robert Schooley, MD, of the University of California San Diego, discussing the protection conferred by COVID-19 infection versus the vaccines.

“We’ve already been worried about this fourth COVID surge, now we’re worried about our homes flooding, or not having electricity for weeks or a month.” — Katherine Baumgarten, MD, of Ochsner Health in New Orleans, on preparing for Hurricane Ida in the midst of Louisiana’s COVID surge.

“This vaccine is worthy of recommendation for what it does today and worthy of the trust of the American people.” — Sarah Long, MD, of Drexel University in Philadelphia, discussing why she voted to recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) at the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting.

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