4 out of 10 states COVID-19 reduced access to care, CDC research shows

• Nearly 40% of people have had limited access to health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poll released this week.

• About 48% said they have limited access for some reason, including the pandemic. The largest age group to report not receiving scheduled treatment due to the novel coronavirus was 45-64 years old, nearly 42%. This was found in the survey, which collected data from June 9 to July 6.

• A separate CDC RANDS survey found that almost 37% of respondents said their provider currently offers some form of telemedicine, compared to about 14% who said it was given before the disease spread.

Healthcare organizations pressured people to resume routine medical care in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Although these services were discontinued in many areas in late March and April, suppliers say they can now assist safely.

They also point out that delayed treatment can lead to complications that are more dangerous and costly to treat.

Vendors implemented measures such as mask requirements, temperature controls, and waiting room redesign to reduce the potential spread and reassure patients.

However, the survey shows that people clearly can’t get the care they think they need.

Dental care has been the least accessible due to the pandemic. A quarter of the respondents highlighted this area. Nearly 13% said they had less access to eye care or regular checkups, while emergency care was hardly affected.

More than 30% of people with one or more chronic conditions reported limited access, 44.4% had diabetes, nearly 37% had asthma, and about 33% had high blood pressure.

The telemedicine survey agrees with other research showing the rapid adoption of virtual assistance as people move away from traditional attitudes.

About a quarter of respondents said they had made an appointment for telemedicine. People aged 65 and over, a high-risk group for COVID-19, were more likely to plan one (32%), followed by those aged 45 to 64 (27%) and those aged between 18 and 44 (18.8%).