What You Need to Know
- 21% of the survey participants said they put off dental visits.
- 12% put off specialist visits.
- 35% predict they'll now use more health care services.
Americans believe they have a huge, pent-up demand for routine health care services.
Insure.com, an insurance lead-generation firm based in Foster City, California, has provided a rough picture of that demand in a summary of results from a Google survey.
The sample included 1,673 people ages 18 and older.
About 40% of the survey participants said they have put off getting some kind of health care because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 35% said they expect to use more health care services over the coming year than they used last year.
The share of survey takers who said they expect to use more care in the coming year ranged from 30% to 33% for participants ages 18 through 64.
In the 65-and-older age group, 39% of the participants predicted they would use more care.
Which Payers Are on the Hook?
Many of the bills could end up being the responsibility of dental insurers, vision plans or the patients themselves, rather than of major medical insurers: 21% of the participants said they delayed getting dental care because of the pandemic, and 14% said they delayed getting eye care.