By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
A shortage of anesthesiologists has prompted two large Portland hospitals to curtail surgeries through the end of the year, focusing only on emergency operations and obstetrics cases, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Providence and St. Vincent hospital say the anesthesiologist shortage curbing the number of surgeries at their hospitals is expected to continue through December.
Remember, Oregon’s labor shortage is worse because Oregon was among the top 6 most restrictive states for firing health care workers for not taking the vaccine (most states had no rules, while other states had flexibility options).
Also, Oregon was among the states that continued to pay people to not work during the pandemic, while other states cut funding which helped people get back to work.