Mask, pills, stack of cash Areas of growing focus for employers include behavioral health, musculoskeletal services and wellbeing programs.

The pandemic brought significant changes to the ways in which consumers engage with the health care system. The ripple effect of those changes will be felt not only for the rest of 2022 but well into the future.

“What really stands out to me is that even if the pandemic ended tomorrow, the health consequences of the pandemic are here to stay,” said Chris Whaley, health economist for the RAND Corporation. “The pandemic has been the largest shock to U.S. society, in health outcomes and the economy, since World War II.”

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