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Patient volumes in many hospitals have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Hospital Insights Survey. McKinsey surveyed leaders at 100 private-sector hospitals across the United States in late July to examine how COVID-19 continued to affect patient volume.

Emergency department and inpatient volumes have returned to 2019 levels, with respondents noting they expect volumes to be roughly 5 percent to 6 percent higher in 2022. Outpatient and procedural volumes were 3 percent to 4 percent above 2019 levels in July and are expected to be 6 percent to 8 percent higher in 2022.

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