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COVID-19 Pandemic Is Advancing Healthcare Technology

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The COVID-19 pandemic has a majority of Americans more aware of their health and embracing health technology from telemedicine to virtual workouts, according to a new healthinsurance.com national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults.

LIFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
In a health pandemic, 83% are more aware of their health and the health of those around them because of COVID-19. And that’s because COVID-19 has personally affected so many. 68% said that they have or know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Tragically, nearly 4 in 10 said they knew someone who passed away from the COVID-19 virus. There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon with the vaccine rollout; two-thirds said they will get the COVID-19 vaccine once available to them.

Key Takeaways:

  • 83% are more aware of their health and the health of those around them because of COVID-19
  • 68% have or know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • 39% know someone who has died from COVID-19
  • 64% are worried about the healthcare costs associated with contracting COVID-19
  • 66% will get the COVID-19 vaccine once available to them

COVID-19 HEALTH TECHNOLOGY BOOM
64% think that COVID-19 has advanced healthcare technology and they are embracing it. 81% of those who have used telemedicine during the pandemic, said they will continue doing so once the pandemic is over. That’s a 35% increase from just six months ago.

Key Takeaways:

  • 64% think COVID-19 has advanced healthcare technology
  • 48% have used telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 81% will continue to use telemedicine once COVID-19 pandemic is over

FOCUSING ON PERSONAL HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE IN 2021
The pandemic has many making their health a priority. 26% said they made changes to their health insurance for 2021, with the biggest reported change being increased coverage. The pandemic is also changing the way people work out. 36% said they have purchased in-home exercise equipment during the pandemic. An additional 42% said they have been doing virtual workouts.

Key Takeaways:

  • 36% have purchased in-home exercise equipment during the pandemic
  • 42% have been doing virtual workouts
  • 52% made a health-related New Year’s Resolution
  • 38% already broke their New Year’s Resolution
  • 26% made changes to their health insurance for 2021
  • 65% of those who made changes, increased coverage for their 2021 health Insurance
  • 43% of those who made changes, changed their entire 2021 health insurance plan
  • 82% rate the medical and health care services they receive as good or excellent
  • 41% are worried about losing their employer-provided healthcare coverage

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