Insure.com Survey Reveals Nearly 40% of Americans Delayed Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent Insure.com survey explores whether people delayed health care during the COVID-19 pandemic and what type of health care services they avoided.
Nearly 40% of respondents reported they postponed certain health services, including:
Find the complete survey results and analysis: Survey: Almost 40% delayed health care during COVID-19.
While concerns about contracting COVID-19 drive delays in doctor visits, deferred care has serious consequences. Industry experts including Gail Trauco, a patients' rights advocate, caution that delaying health services can:
"It is concerning that nearly 40% of seniors anticipate needing more health services in the year ahead," notes Les Masterson, managing editor for Insure. "Given that people over age 65 may have complex medical histories and multiple complaints, providers may need to plan for longer appointment times to carefully assess those who have missed check-ups."
Virtual care may remain an important component of health care delivery. "With significant percentages of patients indicating a need for more health services this year, virtual appointments could be a way for providers to efficiently assess health complaints and conditions," suggests Masterson.
Masterson is available to comment on the results of this 1,673-person study and can answer questions about how consumers can find affordable health insurance that meets their needs.
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