The COVID-19 Mortality Working Group continues to compare the predicted number of deaths based on their modelling against the observed number of deaths using the latest available data to 31 August 2021. In the year to date, deaths from all causes were close to predicted, despite the 79 COVID-19 deaths in August. Other respiratory deaths – mainly flu – remain significantly lower than in previous years.
A concerning development associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has been that people have been unable to, or less inclined, to seek medical care and performing fewer diagnostic tests. The focus of this article is the impact of delayed diagnostic procedures for colorectal cancer. However, we also present data that has generally shown fewer diagnostic tests and associated therapeutic procedures being performed during COVID-19.
Private health insurers experienced significant claim savings during COVID-19, due to the temporary disruption in elective surgeries and ancillary services. The private health insurance industry has committed not to profit from COVID-19, so many private health insurers have released profits back to members.
Posted 8 September 2021