New Jersey State Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal introduced legislation that would allow the performance of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 crisis. This coincides with Gov. Murphy’s announcement that elective surgeries are set to resume.
“COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including the mass cancellation of critical medical procedures and surgeries,” said Testa (R-1). “For those awaiting knee or hip replacements, there is nothing ‘elective’ about a life changing procedure that can reduce chronic pain and restore mobility.
“Not only have many medical conditions deteriorated over the past few months, those who have been prescribed opioids while awaiting surgery are putting themselves and their families at risk. I applaud the restoration of elective care and am calling for these surgeries and procedures to continue if a second wave were to arise.”
Testa and Gopal’s legislation, S-2495, would authorize elective surgeries and invasive procedures to be performed during the COVID-19 emergency.
“These elective surgeries and similar medical procedures are vital to the health and well-being of thousands of New Jerseyans, many of whom are facing immediate health issues, painful or debilitating medical conditions, or both,” said Gopal (D-11). “I trust our physicians to take the appropriate and medically responsible steps to promote good social distancing, hygiene, and medical judgement when scheduling and undertaking these surgeries. We must make sure that these procedures remain available to our residents in order to prevent further pain and potential long-term health consequences.”
Testa is urging Gov. Murphy to allow the continuation of elective procedures if there is a second wave of COVID-19.
“If there is a second wave, we cannot afford to pause these procedures,” added Testa. “With the drastic cut in elective services over the past few months, private practices and hospitals are are struggling, and some are at risk of shutting their doors. It is essential to continue to allow elective surgeries to ensure those who are experiencing debilitating symptoms of treatable health conditions receive the health care they desperately need.”