Medicare Patients Are Keeping the Telehealth Habit Post-Vaccines
As the world slowly gets back to some semblance of normalcy in 2023, millions of Medicare patients are continuing to access telehealth services to manage their health and wellness. This is despite the fact that vaccinations against the Covid-19 virus are now available in the US.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently conducted a survey of more than 2000 Medicare patients to better understand their telehealth habits in 2021. The survey revealed that a whopping 55% of respondents have used telehealth services in the past month, with an additional 8% planning to do so.
The survey also revealed that the primary reason for continuing to use telehealth is convenience. In fact, 43% of respondents cited convenience as a major factor in their decision to continue using telehealth services. Other popular reasons given included avoiding travel time (30%), comfort and privacy (20%), and affordability (17%).
The survey also revealed that the elderly are more likely to continue using telehealth services. Of the respondents aged 65 and older, 64% said they had used telehealth in the past month, with an additional 8% planning to do so.
The survey results are certainly encouraging, as they show that millions of Medicare patients are continuing to embrace telehealth even after vaccinations become available. This is likely due to the sheer convenience of telehealth, which allows patients to access medical care without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.
Overall, the survey results suggest that telehealth is here to stay, even after the Covid-19 pandemic has been brought under control. This is good news for the healthcare industry, as it means that patients will be able to continue accessing the medical care they need without having to worry about potential exposure to the virus.