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New Study On Mental Health Claims for Younger People

In March and April 2020, mental health claim lines for people aged 13-18, as a percentage of all medical claim lines, approximately doubled over the same months in the previous year. At the height of the spring wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, this rise in mental health claim lines amounted to 97% in March and 103.5% in April. These are among the many findings in FAIR Health’s new white paper, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health: A Study of Private Healthcare Claims, the seventh in its COVID-19 studies.”

New Study: Patients Now Prefer Telehealth

A new study by claims that a full 62% of Americans say will prefer telehealth post-pandemic. Highlights of the study include:

  • Prior to the pandemic, 50% of people said they would have preferred an in-person doctors visit.
  • Now only 43% said they would prefer an in-person visit, and only 23% say they will prefer in-person after the pandemic.
  • 2/3 of millennials say they’d rather have a telehealth appointment than in an in-person appointment.
  • Almost 50% of people (47%) said they have used telehealth since the pandemic began.
  • White, wealthier Americans were more likely to know about and to use telehealth services.