Emergency COVID Response Strained Hospitals, Delayed Regular Care
The Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) collects, analyzes and disseminates complete, accurate and timely data on hospital charges, utilization, quality and efficiency of the state’s health care providers. As such, WHAIC is in a unique position to quantify and document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin’s health care system.
The following report conveys a full year of COVID-related effects on the state’s hospitals and health systems. The data points below, which are given full context and explanation in this report, underscore the ongoing challenges COVID-19 has created for Wisconsin hospitals as they responded to the pandemic on multiple fronts while continuing to provide care to non-COVID patients as able and permitted.