Dr. Vance Vanier is an emergency medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University Medical Center. He is a physician advocate and a founding partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, a strategic firm that invests exclusively in health care services, including outpatient clinics. He is a Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized as one of San Francisco’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as Genetic and Biotechnology News’ GEN Ten Young Guns of Biopharma. Follow him on LinkedIn. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)My mother still needs her mammogram. My colleague with a family history of melanoma needs that suspicious mole examined. My elderly friend who struggles with glaucoma and cataracts still needs to see her ophthalmologist. All of these conditions require outpatient care — a suddenly scarce resource in the setting of Covid-19.The ongoing medical needs of hundreds of millions of American do not magically stop in this pandemic. Lawmakers urgently need to address the damaging impact that our current response to Covid-19 is having on our outpatient care infrastructure. Despite the $130 billion earmarked for hospital support in the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, large numbers of


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