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Over the course of the last year, at least 41 percent of adults decided to forgo care because of COVID-19 concerns, according to a study in JAMA. Naturally, some of the missed care services were elective procedures that hospitals and health systems put on hold, but other people were missing out on routine and emergency care.
In April of 2020, for the first time in 60 years, expenditures on health services were down from the previous year, Kaiser Family Foundation revealed in data that was recently published. Even months after the pandemic’s nadir, health services spending was down from the previous year. In particular, visits to physician offices and outpatient care centers were the hardest hit in terms of health services spending.
In total, utilization of the health care system fell 23 percent between March and August of 2020, according to a research report from Prealize. The Palo Alto, California-based predictive analytics company used its AI capabilities to parse through analysis of claims data from nearly 600,000 U.S. patients between March 2020 and August 2020. Here’s what the researchers found: