Americans more comfortable seeking care amid pandemic, survey suggests

Americans' comfort with visiting a hospital or physicians' office is growing amid the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, according to Healthgrades' latest COVID-19 Patient Confidence Study published Feb. 18. 

Healthgrades launched the study in March 2020 to assess trends in consumer behavior amid the pandemic. The report is based on a weekly survey of a random sample of 200 Americans. The most recent study represents data through Feb. 12.

Three findings:

1. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they'd feel comfortable going to their primary care physician tomorrow, up from 40 percent in April 2020.

2. Sixty-nine percent said they'd feel comfortable visiting a specialist tomorrow (up from 38 percent in April), and 63 percent said they'd be willing to visit urgent care (up from 32 percent in April).

3. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they'd feel comfortable having an elective procedure at a hospital, and 64 percent said they'd undergo an in-office medical procedure.

To view the full survey, click here.

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