Effects of COVID-19 on Health Care Consumption

Now that shelter-in-place orders are beginning to ease, we can reflect on how COVID-19 has changed some aspects of how we use the healthcare system. When we were first ordered to shelter in place, our local providers figured out how to bring patients to their doctors via virtual care, only making in-person appointments if necessary. Our hospitals’ emergency departments also experienced a reduction of cases over the past couple of months.

What does the future of virtual care and emergency departments look like post-COVID-19? Parker, Smith & Feek Vice President Sally Borte shares the effects of COVID-19 on healthcare consumption in Portland Business Journal.

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