Millennials are the largest adult generation in America, but there is one place you may not be seeing them. A study by FAIR Health showed only 43% of millennials use a primary care physician. While it may not seem like it now, your youth only lasts so long, and having an established relationship with a primary care physician can have many benefits. Not only can seeing a regular doctor help detect any serious health conditions that may come down the road, establishing a relationship with a physician now can also help with long-term care. 

So, why are millennials avoiding the doctor’s office? We busted some common millennial medical myths: 

Is it worth it? 

When it comes to healthcare, some millennials may wonder if going to the doctor for their problem is worth the time and money? Millennials are accustomed to quick and easy and may find making an appointment cumbersome. Millennials are also resourceful and may rely on a Google search to find at home remedies or simply hope the problem passes. Taking a gamble on your health to save time and money will likely not save you down the road.

#YOLO

Millennials are in the prime of their adult lives and enjoying the health that comes in their twenties and thirties. Technology is also allowing millennials to become more empowered with their health. New diets and hip exercises classes are always trending and apps are developed to count our calories and our steps. While taking charge of your own healthis important, it is equally important millennials recognize the importance of collaborative care with a medical professional.  While the effects of aging are not quite in view yet, discussing your family health history and establishing a baseline of your health is an important aspect of maintaining proper health throughout your life. 

I can do it!

With medical advice only a finger tap away and many treatments becoming over-the-counter, millennials may be more inclined to  skip the “middle man.” An online diagnosis and prescription may seem convenient, but you may end up spending more time and money if the initial consultation is incorrect. For the millennial who still appreciates a physical visit to the doctor office, many insurances now make it easier by not requiring referrals for specialists. While this seems like a convenient feature, oftentimes a visit to your primary care physician results in quicker treatment. Not only is it possible that your primary care provider can see you quicker and make the diagnosis, but you may waste time seeing multiple specialists when making the appointment based on a web search. 

One strike, you are out!

The first impression may not say it all. Millennials tend to only give businesses and organizations one chance. Making a sweeping judgement about a healthcare provider after one visit is as unfair as a doctor only agreeing to see that patient once in their lifetime. Whether it be a wait time in an office, or just not clicking with that particular doctor, millennials are likely to abandon their healthcare journey if they hit a snag. Next time you consider foregoing your visit because of a long wait in the waiting room, remember that your health is not a place you want to take shortcuts and good things come to those who wait.

Are you a millennial who is unsure where you will fit a visit to your doctor in your busy schedule of work, friends, family, and your side hustle? Patient First provides primary care services to individuals who do not have a regular physician. Visit our website to learn more.