According to a new study from Pearl.com, 54% of survey respondents have lied to a doctor about a health issue, and 63% admit they are more likely to ask about sensitive topics such as sex and STDs online, rather than addressing them face-to-face in the doctor’s office.
There are thousands of licensed doctors available online, answering questions at any time of day, for people to have a two-way personal dialogue on any health or medical concern, says the report.
65% of respondents have avoided going to a doctor in favor of searching online for medical information on at least one occasion. Americans are bringing their medical questions online for a variety of reasons, with insurance-related concerns, embarrassment, and the fear of discovering a pre-existing condition high on the list.
Three of the five most common reasons for seeking medical information online instead of at the doctor’s office were related to insurance coverage:
Americans are often uncomfortable having an in-person conversation with a medical professional about more intimate health questions. The most common topics that 54% of respondents are fibbing about to their doctors include:
Allison Leeds, head of user experience for Pearl.com, notes that “... providing health and medical access to ... those who prefer... online access to an expensive doctor’s visit... need help after hours... are uncomfortable asking questions in-person... want to get some initial information from a doctor online before scheduling an in-person appointment... “ is extremely helpful.
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