Millennials are often accused of “killing” everything, from cable television to shopping malls. But are they killing traditional healthcare as well?
A new study by Harmony Healthcare IT revealed roughly half of millennials are putting off seeing a doctor for health issues, 41-percent of which say they’ve been doing so for more than one year. The study revealed millennials are foregoing annual wellness checks with one-third of millennials saying they haven’t had a physical in the past year, and one quarter saying it’d been longer than five years.
So what’s the reason for the lapse in seeking medical treatment among America’s young adults. One reason could be the type of high-deductible insurance plans 57-percent of millennials say they prefer. When millennials do decide to seek treatment for their maladies, the majority look for medical advice online from websites like WebMD, news articles, and YouTube. About half of millennials say they trust these digital sources to accurately diagnose their symptoms.