Similar to practically every other industry, healthcare is seeing the effects of COVID-19 in ways that leave many physicians concerned. Neglect in the prevention and mitigation of medical emergencies is causing particular worry.
On Monday, Yahoo!Finance spoke with a physician in Ohio, Dr. Gary LeRoy, who said, “Lord knows so many of them need their chronic care maintenance visits and these children need their immunizations and developmental visits and such. There’s so much that we have to dig ourselves out of as far as our patient visits and the patient services that are needed.”
The neglect of chronic illness detection and treatment is a significant problem in the U.S., one that has been exacerbated by the current ongoing pandemic. While there are reports of 46 percent of patients still reaching out to their physicians within the last two months, the medical industry reports an overall drop in patient visits by 78 percent. Many physicians are concerned that this reduction in patient visits may lead to a worsening of chronic conditions.
Telehealth has been on the rise since the pandemic’s beginning, paving the way for patients to connect with their physicians right from home in a way many of them had not before. But is telehealth enough to keep patients healthy? On June 12th, Dr. Farzad Mostashari gave his opinion to The Commonwealth Fund on where telehealth stands saying, “I think we’re still figuring that out. And I think the range of things that can be done through telehealth is only going to expand.”
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