More millennials skipping doctor's visits, survey shows

January 11, 2019 07:53 AM

Studies show millennials aren't going to the doctor regularly. Instead, more people ages 22 to 37 are opting for urgent care clinics when they get sick.

Health professionals say everyone should have a primary care physician instead of visiting an urgent care center when needed.

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A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 45 percent of people aged 18 to 29, and 28 percent of people aged 30 to 39 do not have a primary care physician. 

There are a few reasons why millennials could be skipping out on the doctor. Studies show this is the generation in the most debt right now and many don't have jobs that offer health insurance.

Dr. Amy Chao practices family medicine with Rochester Regional Health. She says visiting a primary care physician regularly gives you a chance to form a relationship with your doctor and get that person familiar with your individual health care needs.

"A lot of people choose not to come in until there's something going on that they feel unwell about," Dr. Chao said. "At that point, there might be more they need to address at that time. It's kind of like a small fix versus a big fix."

If you are concerned about your out-of-pocket health care cost, doctors say you should call your insurance company and the doctor's office before being seen to make sure there are no surprises.

Doctors recommend everyone gets an annual checkup and stays up to date with immunizations. Doctors also suggest regular mental health, blood pressure and digestive screenings. 

If you need help finding a primary care physician, Rochester Regional Health and UR Medicine both have online directories.


Kaci Jones

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