Temporary health care workers are in high demand across Missouri… and are commanding quite the price for their services.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports hospitals across the state need the extra staff to deal with surges of COVID-19 patients. That’s led to hourly rates that have risen to 200 dollars an hour in some cases… double pre-pandemic levels.
The Missouri Hospital Association sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Schmitt last month asking him to condemn rates that high. Staffing agencies say they have little choice but to pass on the costs since healthcare workers are expecting good compensation for heading into COVID hot spots.