07 Feb Today’s consumers reveal the future of healthcare
The new healthcare consumer is here
Younger consumers are not satisfied with healthcare’s status quo and consumers of all generations are more willing to try non-traditional services.
For instance, Gen Z and millennials are least likely to have a primary care physician (PCP), compared to Gen X, baby boomers and the silent generation. Some younger generations say they would like to have a PCP but have not found one that meets their preferences for affordability and convenience. Gen Z is the most likely generation to seek out wellness practices (e.g. yoga, acupuncture) beyond Western medicine.
Who has a PCP?
Silent Generation (born 1928 to 1945)
Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964)
Gen Xers (born 1965 to 1980)
Millennials (born 1981 to 1996)
Gen Z (born 1997 onward)
Younger consumers—Gen Z and millennials—are the most dissatisfied with the quality of traditional healthcare services. As these younger generations age and have greater healthcare needs, they will increasingly look for services to satisfy their expectations for effectiveness, convenience, efficiency and transparency. With millennials projected to become the largest generation by 2019, this generation holds the most power to influence future healthcare models.
Younger generations are “dissatisfied” and “very dissatisfied” with aspects of traditional care
Evolving preferences show a need for transformation
Patients overall show satisfaction with new care models. When thinking about non-traditional healthcare services (emerging types of service delivery—i.e., walk-in or retail clinics, outpatient surgery hospitals, virtual health, on-demand services or digital therapeutics), many patients are “very satisfied” and “extremely satisfied” with the level of transparency, convenience, effectiveness, efficiency and cost of those services.
More than half of patients surveyed expect digital capabilities—and these expectations increasingly influence who patients choose in a provider. For instance, in 2019, 70 percent are more likely to choose a provider that offers reminders for follow-up care via email or text, compared to 57 percent in 2016. More than half (53 percent) in 2019 are more likely to use a provider offering remote or telemonitoring devices, compared to 39 percent in 2016. Younger consumers are likelier than any other generation to choose medical providers who offer digital capabilities, such as easy access to test results via mobile or online and requesting prescription refills electronically.
Consumers increasingly will choose medical providers who offer digital capabilities
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