Millenials Have More Chronic Illnesses Than Previous Generations but They Also Seek Medical Help Far More Frequently!

Millenials Have More Chronic Illnesses Than Previous Generations but They Also Seek Medical Help Far More Frequently!
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According to a recent survey, millennials are pursuing more medical assistance from professionals than ever before.

The research, conducted by United Healthcare and Health Action Council, looked at data from 126,000 people with ages ranging from 27 to 42.

It contrasted recent information from April 2021 to March 2022 with earlier information going back to 2012.

In comparison to Generation X, millennials with prevalent chronic medical illnesses and their children are “high utilizers” of the health care system, the study showed.

This includes a 106 percent increase in millennials’ hospital admissions for diabetes and a 55 percent increase in millennials’ visits to the ER and urgent care centers for hypertension.

Despite the fact that millennials’ obesity rates are reduced overall, there have been 31 percent more ER visits and 29 percent more hospitalizations for those who are obese.

With 46 percent more hospital admissions, millennials with back issues have visited the ER and UC 22 percent more frequently than Gen X.

For millennials with osteoarthritis, ER and UC visits have increased by 36 percent.

Comparing millennials and their offspring to pre-pandemic levels, behavioral health utilization has increased by 35 percent.

Among the 66 percent of behavioral diagnoses for this generation are illnesses related to anxiety, depression, and trauma.

The research analyzed the most recent data going from April 2021 to March 2022 with earlier data going back to 2012.

Healthcare use among millennial parents of Generation Alpha children is 38 percent greater than it is for parents of other generations.

This entails a 22 percent increase in ER visits, a 9 percent increase in UC visits, and a 76 percent increase in outpatient procedures.

Additionally, millennial parents of Gen Alpha children made an astounding 543 percent more appointments for online medical care than previous generations.

According to Dr. Mykale Elbe, who was not a part of the research, “these findings are not surprising.”

In comparison to pre-pandemic levels, millennials and their children are using behavioral health services 35 percent more frequently.

Elbe emphasized that younger generations are “breaking down the taboo” when it comes to mental illness, which is encouraging more people to seek medical assistance when they need it.

Elbe credited the recent development of easily available medical services, in the previous ten years as the cause of the increase in healthcare use.

Dr. Elbe said that “Since the pandemic, healthcare providers have seen a surge in people having mental health disorders and also seeking help. With the pandemic and everyone being on heightened alert for upper respiratory symptoms, we continue to see a surge of healthcare use for minor disorders, as we have trained the public that if you have a cough, you need to be tested for COVID. We have trained the public that if you have a cough, you do need to be tested for COVID. With new healthcare formats being made available with urgent care and other convenient care clinics, we see patients using health care and being more proactive in seeking healthcare on a regular basis.”


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Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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