Changes in Health Services Use Among Commercially Insured US Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic [open pdf - 991KB]
From the Introduction: "In this study, we examined whether the first 2 months of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic were associated with changes in non-COVID health care use among a large population of individuals with employer-sponsored insurance. Specifically, we sought to characterize the use of preventive services (eg, pediatric vaccinations), elective services (eg, orthopedic surgery), and nonelective services (eg, labor and delivery care) in March and April 2020 compared with March and April 2018 and March and April 2019. We also examined changes in the number of telemedicine visits. Given concerns that the COVID-19 epidemic may affect at-risk populations disproportionately, we quantified the changes in use by the patient's zip code's race and income."
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