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Hazard pay for essential workers

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | April 08, 2020
I heard on the news today that Chuck Schumer is proposing a $25,000 bonus for essential workers, such as hospital workers, grocery store clerks and pharmacists, and I couldn't agree more.

Ask yourself: How much would someone have to pay you to go to work in an environment where there is a very high probability that you're going to get sick and die? For me, it would take a lot more than $25,000.

The irony is that none of these people are going to work with the expectation of some kind of bonus. I see them as patriots in the same way that my father was a patriot in World War II. They are rushing into the field of battle, to save the rest of us. Hospital workers know the risk better than the average person and they are also exposed to more risk than the average person.

I fully support the idea of giving them all a bonus. I only suggest that if they die on the job their families should receive even greater compensation.

If you agree, write to your government representatives.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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