55 Percent Fewer Americans Sought Hospital Care in March-April Due to COVID-19

May 12, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers

Last modified May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the number of patients seeking hospital care by an average of 54.5 percent, according to a year-over-year analysis from Strata Decision Technology.

Here are the estimated volume losses for a two-week period in late March-April 2020 (as compared to the same period in 2019):

Ophthalmology: 81 percent
Spine: 76 percent
Gynecology: 75 percent
Orthopedics: 74 percent
Ear, nose and throat: 72 percent
Endocrine: 68 percent
Dermatology: 67 percent
Gastroenterology: 67 percent
Rheumatology: 66 percent
Neurosciences: 66 percent
General medicine: 64 percent
Urology: 62 percent
Genetics: 60 percent
Vascular: 59 percent
Hepatology: 58 percent
Cardiology: 57 percent
Pulmonology: 56 percent
Breast health: 55 percent
General surgery: 54 percent
Nephrology: 52 percent
Hematology: 49 percent
Allergy and immunology: 48 percent
Behavioral health: 45 percent
Burns and wounds: 44 percent
Cancer: 37 percent
Obstetrics: 30 percent
Infectious disease: 23 percent
Neonatology: 20 percent
Not assigned: 4 percent
Normal newborn: 2 percent

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