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1 in 3 patients defer healthcare due to existing medical debt, TransUnion finds

November 10, 2021

The pandemic appears to again be altering the healthcare landscape as patients defer doctor visits to avoid contracting the virus. A report this month from consultants Kaufman Hall showed hospital margins declined more than 18% in September from August as patient volumes fell in key categories such as emergency room visits, operating room minutes and outpatient revenues.

Previously, almost six in 10 respondents to a TransUnion survey last September said they deferred non-COVID-related medical care in the prior six months, while nearly half said the economy had at least some impact on how they approached medical care.

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