Millennials and younger generations, in particular, often get a knack for avoiding seeing their doctor or not placing a high priority on their healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Americans, including younger generations, to re-evaluate their healthcare needs over the past year. A new survey from Harmony Healthcare IT set out to examine whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic has made millennials more or less interested in regular check-ups with their primary care provider.
Millennials and primary care
The survey began by asking millennials whether or not they currently had a primary care provider. They found that almost 80% of millennials in the Americas report currently having a primary care doctor. On top of that, almost 30% of millennials who were surveyed said that they got established with a new primary care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, there is optimistic news from this report that millennials are taking an interest in their healthcare.
Millennials and health issues
Despite the positive news from the section above, the survey did find that over 40% of millennials report that they have been ignoring health issues over the past year. A third of those even report ignoring a health issue for over a year. When asked why millennials were ignoring health issues, the top response was because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also found that 24% of millennials surveyed who have pre-existing conditions have avoided getting a routine check-up for over a year. Another reason millennials are avoiding seeing a doctor is that they feel healthy, and others feel that the trip is inconvenient or too expensive.
Where Millennials go for health advice
Traditionally when you have a health issue or scare, many people would first turn to their doctor or an urgent care local to check out. With millennials and younger generations, they are more apt to turn to their phone for health advice. Nearly 70% of millennials surveyed by Harmony Healthcare IT said that they first turn to Google for health advice. Even more surprising is that 26% of millennials report self-diagnosing a health problem from a YouTube video. The survey even found that 18% of those surveyed said they look to Reddit for medical advice. This may not be surprising to some because millennials have been reliant on technology from a young age.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Impacted Millennial Health
Digital doctors and telehealth are other emerging trends that the survey asked about. 41% of millennials surveyed by Harmony Healthcare IT reported that they prefer to see their doctor virtually instead of seeing them in a doctor’s office or hospital. These numbers are most likely reflective of people becoming more reliant on virtual doctor’s appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Millennials and the COVID-19 vaccination
The survey from Harmony Healthcare IT also asked about the COVID-19 vaccination. With younger and younger Americans being eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination in the coming months, they wanted to get a pulse on how many young Americans would receive the vaccine when it was their turn to do so. The results were a bit mixed. 55% said they would get the vaccine, 25% said no, and another 19% said they were not sure and would decide later.