DALLAS, Dec. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The most important factor in choosing a doctor for U.S. consumers is that the "doctor accepts my insurance," according to a new HealthMine report based on a survey of 500 insured Americans. Fifty-six percent (56%) of respondents say that they search for a doctor by choosing from in-network doctors in their health plan. Only 28% search online for doctors with expertise that meets their needs, and just 20% ask a friend or relative for a recommendation. Yet 90% of consumers believe their health could be improved. Despite rising healthcare costs, many still haven't made any changes to the way they manage their health. The results are now available in the 2016 HealthMine Health Intelligence Report: Consumer Attitudes Toward Well-being and Doctor Selection.
Here are the key findings from HealthMine's report:
- Health Check-up: 90% of consumers say their health could be better.
- Health Management: 45% of consumers say they haven't changes the way they manage their health—even though their healthcare costs are higher.
- Choosing a Doctor: 63% of consumers say "in my insurance network" trumps other criteria for choosing a doctor. Personal referrals, compatibility and use of technology are considered far less often.
- Health Scores: 52% of consumers have not heard of a health score. However, one third (33%) said that receiving a health score that can provide an overall view of their health, similar to a credit score, is important to them.
Brennan Collins, Vice President of Product at HealthMine, said, "Just having a doctor covered under insurance is not enough. Americans need more intelligence before making healthcare choices such as doctor selection." He continued, "Especially in this time of rising healthcare costs, consumers will benefit from more guidance and support from their health plan sponsor. With powerful real-time data analysis about an individual's historical health, current needs and personal preferences, health plans are beginning to help members ask the questions they aren't asking themselves, and guide them to more targeted providers, among other healthcare actions."
About The Survey
The HealthMine survey queried 500 insured consumers. The survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in September/October 2016. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.
HealthMine is a leading healthcare technology company that improves Health Intelligence for plan members and plan sponsors. The HealthMine Personal Clinical Engagement solution automatically collects and analyzes clinical and lifestyle data from multiple sources to create a health profile for each member. Serving as an early warning system, our solution identifies health risks and chronic conditions and automatically triggers alerts. The HealthMine solution delivers health recommendations to members' smartphones in near-real time so they can take action immediately. With HealthMine, plan sponsors can engage and sustain all members in personalized health and disease management activities. HealthMine has more than 1 million users and has saved health plan sponsors more than $100 million in healthcare costs. HealthMine is on the web at www.healthmine.com.
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