Rachana Pradhan

White House Left States On Their Own To Buy Ventilators. Inside Their Mad Scramble.

KFF Health News Original

Although laws prohibit price gouging on precious resources in times of emergency, states have been forced to compete for a share of the nation’s stockpile of ventilators — used to treat the sickest COVID patients — or pay top dollar on sideline deals. With quality and quantity control lacking, what happens when the pandemic’s second wave hits?