As System Flounders Many Services Disrupted
Widespread fear of infection combined with efforts by healthcare providers to deliver care while protecting patients and medical staff have caused a drop in the use of nearly all medical services.
- Ambulatory visits have declined nearly 60 percent since the start of the pandemic
- Primary care practices report a 70-percent drop in use of services
Patients with serious health problems such as cancer and heart disease are delaying critical, life-saving procedures.
The joint economic and population health impact of the pandemic is unlikely to improve quickly even once it’s under control. According to strategy consultancy EY, over 60 percent of consumers are concerned about seeking medical care after current restrictions are lifted. And almost a third will seek care only if they have a serious health issue. Meanwhile…
Many Face the Largest Pandemic in a Century with No Health Insurance
As crippling financial losses threaten the viability of a substantial number of hospitals and office practices, especially rural and safety-net providers, unemployment remains at near-Great Depression levels. And, right now, about half of Americans receive health coverage through their employers.
This reckoning puts into stark relief the fact that underrepresented minorities (URMs) and other historically marginalized populations have suffered disproportionately not only from COVID-19 but from nearly every common health condition for decades.
Cracks in the dike of American healthcare weren’t created by COVID, but the pandemic has revealed deficiencies that affect every part of the system: healthcare providers, payers, and consumers.