Texans delaying or skipping health care visits during pandemic, study finds

More than a third of Texans have put off health care decisions and are now without health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures from the Episcopal Health Foundation, a Houston-based health advocacy organization.

In a survey of nearly 1,900 respondents conducted in September, 36 percent of Texans said they or someone in their household had skipped or postponed medical care because of COVID-19.

In the long run, those statistics don’t bode well for Texas, said Elena Marks, president of the Episcopal Health Foundation. Patients who delay or skip doctor’s visits are at higher risk of missing easily preventable illnesses. Without health insurance, many are likely to continue going without until an emergency sends them to the hospital.

“Some of the people who skipped care actually needed the care,” Marks said. “We’re bouncing back, but probably not at the rate we’ll make all of it up.”


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