46% of US consumers 'unlikely' to use telemedicine, survey finds

American consumers are split on their willingness to use telemedicine services, according to a UnitedHealthcare report.

The report, titled the UnitedHealthcare Consumer Sentiment Survey, includes input from 1,006 U.S. adults regarding their healthcare knowledge and preferences. The investigators asked respondents how likely they were to use remote diagnosis and treatment services, assuming availability at a cost they could afford.

The plurality of patients (46 percent) said they were unlikely to use a telemedicine service, with 17 percent saying they were somewhat unlikely and 29 percent saying they were very unlikely.

By comparison, 42 percent of respondents indicated they were likely to use a telemedicine services, with 26 percent reporting they were somewhat likely and 16 percent reporting they were very likely.

Click here to view the full report.

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