With the COVID-19 pandemic, doctor’s visits aren’t what they used to be. The resulting restrictions have dramatically changed the way healthcare providers operate their businesses. This has prompted some very real changes in the healthcare industry that have the potential to change the course of healthcare going forward.
The pandemic has put a spotlight on how accessible healthcare services are to people. A lot of attention has been given to the disparities in accessibility regarding race and income levels. Given the attention it’s been getting, it’s reasonable to expect access to important healthcare services to increase. There’s an argument to be made for detaching healthcare from employment as a benefit and transitioning to health reimbursement arrangements instead. Businesses may be able to reduce some of their expenses that way while still supporting the health of their employees. That said, employees under that system may find that they have less support than they used to.
More Digital Experiences
A real part of why access to health care has increased overall is because of the advancements in digital healthcare and telehealth. Healthcare providers have increased their use of telemedicine and texting channels to reduce physical contact during the pandemic. This has also increased access to health care for people living in rural areas, which has been a sore spot for a long time now. Given the increased level of convenience and access that digital healthcare provides, you can expect to see these types of healthcare experiences continue long after the pandemic is over.
Less International Production
It’s no secret that, historically speaking, manufacturing all kinds of goods overseas (specifically in China) has been a financially sound decision. It’s been far more cost-effective than it was to produce it here. The pandemic disrupted and continues to disrupt supply chains in multiple industries across the world. It brings into sharp relief the benefits of manufacturing things domestically instead of internationally, especially in terms of medications, vaccinations, and various medical supplies. If there were to be a shift in that direction, away from international production, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least.
Healthcare has changed dramatically for many, thanks to the pandemic. The increased access to healthcare, the advancement in digital healthcare experiences, and a transition to nationally made drugs and medical supplies are just some examples of recent changes. It’s quite likely that we’ll still be seeing the effects of the most recent pandemic for years, if not decades, to come.
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