New survey calls Millenials' relationship with Health Care into question
A new survey has revealed that Millenials' Relationship with Health Care is questionable.
The Millenial generation has been referred to as the "wellness generation."
The survey asked how often are millenials getting a check-up and how many actually have a primary care physician.
A total of over 2,000 millennials between the ages of 23 and 38 were surveyed.
According to respondents, 45% have been putting off a health issue or issues. Of those, 41% have been putting a health issue on the back burner for more than a year. Chances are procrastination will only compound the issue. Seeking recommendations and answers from a professional, such as a primary care physician can prevent matters from getting worse.
However, a majority of millennials said they are established with a primary care professional. According to respondents, 76% have a primary care physician and 38% have been established with one for more than two years.
However, 24% said they have gone five years or more without getting an annual physical examination and one-third have not had a physical within the last year. One of the biggest reasons millennials aren't getting a physical exam is because they already "feel healthy," they're "too busy" and that going to see their physician is "not convenient," according to respondents.
The survey also found that more and more millennials are turning to the internet to seek medical advice. In fact, 48% of respondents said they trust online resources to accurately diagnose symptoms and a staggering 78% said they seek medical advice online rather than going to a doctor. The most popular resources millennials said they use to find medical advice include WebMD (82%), news articles (27%) and YouTube (22%).
Respondents are also comfortable seeking professional medical advice from physicians via technology. Nearly half (48%) said they would prefer to see a doctor virtually rather than in-person.
Along with convenience, keeping health care costs low was also important to millennials in the survey. Fifty-seven percent said they prefer a high-deductible insurance plan with a lower premium to keep down monthly costs. And when it comes to saving, 65% are not saving for medical emergencies, according to respondents. Of those who are saving for medical emergencies, half save less than $100 per month.
In June 2019, the study surveyed 2,103 millennials between the ages of 23-38. Fifty-seven percent of respondents were female and 43% were male. Of those respondents, 82% were employed or self-employed. Thirty-five percent of respondents identified as having a pre-existing medical condition.
To read the full published study click here.