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  • Writer's pictureStephen Miller

Practices are faced with reduced volume, patients with ailments not seeking help due to fear.

There is no denying that the impact COVID-19 has placed sizeable strains on hospitals and practices, but the decrease in patient visits for conditions outside of the virus has provoked an increase in deaths from treatable ailments, as it in turn puts a fierce economic strain on the medical practices.

“More people in the United States are dying during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not because of the coronavirus (1)” states Michael Precker, reporter for the American Heart Association News. Research from Dr. Stephen Woolf in Journal of American Medical Association and published by Precker revealed that people with other ailments may not be seeking help. Precker states that “that conclusion is emerging from new research showing deaths are increasing from causes such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes- while emergency room visits for those conditions are down.”

With the decrease in volume, medical practices are faced with a decline in revenue, threatening their business and sustainability during this time. A survey from the American Medical Association of 3,500 physicians found that “more than 80% of physicians said their revenue was lower in February with nearly one in five saying the revenue drops were greater than 50%. (2).”

With the slow but steady roll out of the coronavirus vaccine, it is anticipated that the US will soon begin to see growth through assumptions of heard immunity by mid-2021 (3), however it is undeniable that the impact of the coronavirus on the healthcare system will be longstanding.

(1) Precker, M. (2020, July 10). More people are dying during the Pandemic – and not just FROM COVID-19. Retrieved February 13, 2021, from

(2) Reed, T. (2020, October 29). Nearly 1 in 5 medical practices have seen 50% REVENUE drop: AMA. Retrieved February 13, 2021, from

(3) Franz, J. (2020, November 13). Level of GDP (billions USD) [Data for the three recovery scenarios are based on estimates from U.S. economist Jared Franz].

Capital Group, Haver, HistStat, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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