Gig Economy Hurt By Flu Season

Apr 25, 2018

Lynn Bailey
Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

During the latest flu season, our state hit a 5 year high in terms of flu hospitalizations and deaths.  January and February were so bad that hospitals had heated tents set up as triage areas outside their Emergency Room entrances.  Many simply ran out of rooms and beds.  Our next guest says that for employers and employees who are part of the Gig Economy (independent contract workers) this type of situation can be very expensive because these employers and employees usually live with no paid sick leave.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a Columbia, SC-based health care economist and consultant to a variety of health care providers across South Carolina.