Half Of Americans Delayed Medical Care Due To Pandemic

May 28, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 29, 2020

In this story by Kaiser Health News, 48% of the public responded “Yes” to this question: In the past three months, have you or a family member in your household skipped or postponed any type of medical care because of the coronavirus outbreak? 11% of them said the person’s condition worsened as a result of the delayed care.

Medical groups have noticed a sharp drop-off in emergency patients across the country. Some, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, have publicly urged people concerned about their health to seek care.

“Don’t sit at home and have a bad outcome,” Dr. William Jaquis, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians said. “We’re certainly there and in many ways very safe, and, especially with low volumes in some places, we’re able to see people quickly. Come on in, please.”

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