May 4, 2012 5:27 am
In an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ZocDoc, polling more than 2,000 adults nationwide regarding their sentiments on health care access, 18 – 34 year olds reported the following results:
- 54 percent say the process of dealing with their health is frustrating.
- 63 percent feel that they are at the mercy of their doctor's or dentist's front desk staff when making an appointment.
- More than half admit to delaying seeking medical care because the process is a “pain.”
- 79 percent said that they can evaluate a new gadget easier than they can a new doctor or dentist.
- 76 percent said it is easier to find information on a hotel that fits their needs than to find information on a doctor or dentist that fits their needs.
- 64 percent feel that when choosing a new doctor or dentist, they do not know how to adequately evaluate whether or not they fit their specific needs.
- 79 percent admitted to picking a doctor or dentist primarily based on whether or not they accept their insurance.
Eighty-two percent of applicable 18-34 year old adults also said that having to wait weeks to get in to see a doctor or dentist is “unacceptable,” yet this long wait time is unfortunately becoming the norm throughout the country. The average wait time to see a doctor in most cities is approximately three weeks with some cities' wait times averaging up to 70 days.
Published with permission from RISMedia.