In late January/early February 2021, MSI International conducted a survey of 503 Americans to determine if normal patient care was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The resulting MSI Medical Care Delay Study found that more than half of all patients in the U.S. either delayed or had healthcare postponed for all types of medical care due to safety concerns.
In addition, more than half of those who delayed care said that their conditions got worse due to the delay, and required surgery, elective surgery and diagnostic procedures were most impacted by the delay.
But there is a glimmer of hope with an expected return to normalcy in the next 2-3 months –with vaccines being a driver of this, and telehealth also helped to fill many gaps.
The results of this study aim to shed a light on where the healthcare industry is headed this year, and help care providers prepare for a return to normal in 2021.
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