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Study Finds Silver Lining in Horror of Pandemic: Dramatic Drop in Non-Covid Hospitalizations – Pix 11

Read article – Quotes John Birkmeyer, adjunct professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Process, and Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics, in an article about a study they co-authored with colleagues at The Dartmouth Institute and Sound Physicians. The study estimated that there have been 700,000 fewer hospitalizations for non-COVID cases from March through July. “As time passed and patients began getting their surgical procedures, started getting back to outpatient doctors visits, it was interesting that there were still far fewer patients getting admitted to the hospital,” said Birkmeyer. “Perhaps the largest reason is that fewer patients are getting sick in the first place.”