The Covid-19 epidemic has resulted in a downturn of our economy, and especially unemployment. This has resulted in many people across the nation losing their jobs and as a result, their insurance. In fact the unemployment rate has increased so much, we are seeing the same impact, not seen since January 1975, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both then and now, March of 2020, are we seeing an increase by nearly a full percentage point (0.9). This increase indicates that not only are Americans struggling with being laid off, but they are also struggling with losing their insurance, and potentially their Primary Care Physician (PCP). The New York Times’ Justin Wolfers mentions that “10 million people have filed for unemployment insurance over the past two weeks.” He goes on to estimate that the unemployment levels are around 13% nationally, and that the “jobless rate today is almost certainly higher than at any point since the Great Depression. Even more so, Claudia Rupcich of ABC-15 titles her unemployment related article “Economists estimate Arizona unemployment rate is higher than 10%” which just goes to show it is hitting close to home as well. 

Don’t be scared by all of that! In recent history we have seen the economy bounce back at incredibly high rates when affected by illness related downturn. 

Overall, the reason that all of this is important is that between losing insurance, and not being able to afford new deductibles, Arizonians and Americans alike are going to be hurting for PCP’s. We want to do our part and help everyone in the short term, and long term, to gain affordable access to a quality Primary Care Physician. One way to do that is by joining the Keystone Care Membership. By offering a low cost, monthly membership, and a DPC model, we are able to provide Primary Care for a fraction of the price. Tell your friends, tell your family. Let’s help Arizona heal and keep everyone healthy in the process. Contact us on our “Contact us” page, give us a call, or book a free consult online! We are aiming to be driving force in Arizona’s bounce back and we can do it with our Keystone Care Membership.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Justin Wolfers – New York Times

Claudia Rupcich – ABC 15