82% of Young Adults Would Prefer Telehealth to In-Person Visit

A new study from MDLIVE, a telehealth software provider, has found the vast majority (82 percent) of young adults age 18 to 34 say having a consultation with their physician via a mobile device is the best option for them.

The study also found Americans would give up the following for access to their physician on their mobile device anytime:

  • 13 percent would give up shopping for a month
  • 9 percent would give up their next vacation
  • 5 percent would give up showers for a week
  • 3 percent would give up a salary increase
  • 1 percent would give up their significant other

Of the respondents age 18 to 34, 42 percent would be willing to sacrifice something if it meant they would have access to their physician on their mobile device at any time. However, only 19 percent of people age 55 to 64 would sacrifice something for the mobile access to their physician.

"The study demonstrates telehealth is not just seeing a demand for access to quality patient care anywhere, anytime but that the industry is at an inflection point where adoption among the younger generations will drive demand among both consumers and young professionals entering the workforce," said Randy Parker, founder and CEO of MDLIVE, in the news release.

The survey results were based on 2,061 responses collected in March 2014.

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