40% of Americans Still Putting Off Care

Roughly 40 percent of Americans have postponed getting medical care due to the coronavirus outbreak. That number has stayed around 40 percent in all 12 weeks of the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. Hospitals and doctors started rescheduling surgeries and other appointments as early as mid-May, and many patient volumes are mostly back to pre-pandemic numbers, Axios’ Bob Herman writes. But this data suggests there is still a major backlog of Americans who need care – a phenomenon that existed well before the pandemic.