35% of Americans have visited primary care physician since April, survey finds

Fewer Americans are visiting their primary care physicians, undergoing medical testing or seeing specialists during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey from The Beryl Institute and Ipsos.

The survey includes responses from a nationally representative group of 1,020 U.S. adults polled between June 23 and July 2.

Thirty-five percent of respondents reported visiting their primary care physician in the last three months, down 26 percentage points compared to the same survey conducted in December. Visits to specialists were down 18 percentage points over the same time period, while appointments for medical tests were down 21 percentage points. Overnight hospital stays were down 3 percentage points from December.

Sixty-one percent of respondents said they felt very or extremely comfortable visiting their primary care physician during the pandemic. Fifty-eight percent said they were somewhat or not comfortable at all with visiting a hospital.

To view the full survey, click here.

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