Nearly half of Americans have delayed medical care due to COVID-19
A new poll reveals that the emptiness of medical care centers may reflect the choices patients made to delay care.
By Elizabeth Lawrence|May 27, 2020 at 10:54 AM
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As the coronavirus threat ramped up in March, hospitals, health systems and private practices dramatically reduced inpatient, nonemergency services to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients. A poll released Wednesday reveals that the emptiness of medical care centers may also reflect the choices patients made to delay care.
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48% of Americans said they or a family member has skipped or delayed medical care because of the pandemic, and 11% of them said the person’s condition worsened as a result of the delayed care. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)
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