Many millennials are foregoing the benefits of a primary care provider and taking their wellness into their own hands. We bust some common millennial medical myths and discuss the importance of a family doctor.
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 percent of millennials use a primary care physician. While it may not seem like it now, youth only lasts so long, and having an established relationship with a primary care physician can have its benefits. Not only can seeing a regular doctor help detect early signs of serious health conditions, establishing a relationship with a physician now can also better facilitate long-term care.
So, why are millennials avoiding the doctor’s office? We busted some common millennial medical myths:
When it comes to health care, some millennials may wonder if going to the doctor for their problem is worth the time and money. Resourceful millennials may turn to Google for home remedies, or simply hope the problem passes. Taking a gamble on your health to save time and money will likely cost more later in life. Others may find navigating insurance coverage and making office appointments cumbersome. However, many insurance companies have an online provider directory to consult, and most doctor’s offices are beginning to offer online scheduling tools.
Millennials are in the prime of their adult lives and enjoying the health that comes in their twenties and thirties. Technology is also enabling millennials to become more empowered with their health. Apps are developed to count our calories and our steps, and social media ensures a constant rotation of trending diets and exercise classes. While taking charge of your own health is important, it is equally important to 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.
With medical advice only a tap away and over-the-counter treatments becoming increasingly available, millennials may be more inclined to skip the “middle man.” An online diagnosis and prescription may seem convenient, but will be costly if the initial consultation is incorrect. For the millennial who still appreciates a physical visit to the doctor’s office, many insurances now make it easier by not requiring referrals for specialists. However, a visit to your primary care physician may still result in the quickest treatment. Not only is it possible that your primary care provider can see you sooner and make the diagnosis, but you may waste time seeing multiple specialists when making an appointment based on a web search.
The first impression may not say it all. Millennials tend to only give businesses and organizations one chance. Making a sweeping judgement about a health care provider after a single visit is as unfair as a doctor only agreeing to see that patient once in a lifetime. Whether it be a wait time in an office or just not clicking with that particular doctor, millennials are likely to abandon their health care 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 where you want to take shortcuts.
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.
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