While the cost of healthcare is a mess, it is not solely on the hospitals where the current prices are at. This being said, we are hemorrhaging money due to the just the short shut down on elective surgeries and outpatient clinics we went though in March and April. While federal funding will help us recoup some of the lost revenue (I work for a not-for-profit system) it will barely bring back 1/6th of what we will lose. Hence the furloughs, and the FTE reductions, and system C-Suite taking a 60% pay cut through the end of the year. I would love to pin everything we are seeing on pure hospital greed, but it isn't nearly as simple as that. These systems are large and complex and are reliant on even more complex government and insurance industry steam trains that cannot be stopped on a dime, if people even wanted to try. This crisis is cracking open, even further, the absolutely startling gaps in our social systems, yet people are spitting in retail workers faces for being asked to wear a mask.
An Infectious Disease doctor once told me "Never get swabbed for MRSA because you will be out of work for a year." We know some of us are carriers. Many of us maybe, but without us working people will die for sure. If the infection rate is 20%, as some studies have suggested, that means risking sending home 20 of every 100 employees on a shift for two weeks.
Testing will only be effective when it becomes systemic, and that can't just be on a hospital level. That has to be you, me, my DoorDash driver, my safe-at-home mom, and our children going back to school in the fall.