Op-ed: Providers need to encourage preventive care and wellness visits to fully emerge from the pandemic

Two years into the worst global pandemic in 100 years, it seems that Covid-19 is on a downswing to endemic status in the U.S. Its aftershocks are still with us, however, and will be for some time.

Our data on more than 67,000 insured individuals across the tristate area indicates that as the incidence of new Covid-19 cases fell, people resumed going to the doctor’s office and hospital. Preventive-care visits have increased 14% in the past year, nearly erasing the 16% decline that occurred in 2020. Emergency-room visits have increased as well—rising by 30% to nearly recover the 31% drop we saw in 2020.

Both those numbers are

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