Doctors Report Canceled Procedures Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 may already be putting a dent in procedure volumes. Almost a quarter of doctors surveyed by a major investment bank said they’re seeing an uptick in procedure cancellations or deferrals. It’s a small survey of 62 orthopedic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and anesthesiologists, but Jefferies analysts say the 23% who noted a change is enough to show that the novel coronavirus is prompting patients to reconsider going under the knife. “They’re relatively modest at this point,” said David Steinberg, an equity analyst with Jefferies who co-authorized the report. “But if you see what they’re saying about the future, more thought they’d see more cancellations and referrals.”

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