#GenY4HIT – Reshaping Healthcare

#GenY4HIT – Reshaping Healthcare

What exactly do Millennials want from the health system?

The Millennial generation (ages 18-34) is 80 million strong, and we have something to say about the way our healthcare system operates.  We worry about money, our debt trumps any other issues, and a majority who went to college have student loans to repay.  We’re not sure if we can provide for our parents as they get older; we’re not even sure there will be money left in the Social Security system for us when we get older!  So what exactly do Millennials want from the health system?

For one, we want to make it about health.  Most Millennials believe that the system is geared towards the sick and old, structured to profit from volume treatment.  Instead, we want a system that focuses on proactive prevention rather than reactionary treatment.  A system that pays for a blend of mind-body therapies, embraces healthy food, and encompasses a more holistic style of remedies.  We believe people should be rewarded for healthiness, especially since we have personally felt the consequences of bad wellness choices.  We are the least healthy generation of 20- and 30-somethings in the last 100 years due to the unhealthy food choices our Boomer-generation parents fed us.  In a Forbes article discussing how healthy food is more expensive than junk food, one Millennial responded, “You can pay your farmer, or you can pay your doctor.”[1]

We want it to be simple.  Millennials are the iPhone, Yelp, and social media generation, and we want a health care system that’s equally as simple: paperless, with treatments that are understood, prices that are reasonable and transparent, and caregivers who want to connect.  Bring on mobile health and value-based care!  We want face-to-face doctors’ appointments that don’t require waiting around for half our day.  Instead of paying by the number of visits booked or tests ordered, we want our payments based on the value of care delivered.

Millennials think accessible healthcare shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right; basic healthcare should be the same for all.  While we may not have identical ideals for everything, we certainly seem to be consistent on our healthcare views.  We have watched our parents and grandparents struggle through the endless paperwork, outrageous costs, and non-responsive providers.  Healthcare matters to Millennials, and we are the generation that will reshape it.


[1]Millennials Cleaning Up Another Boomer Mess – This Time Healthcare http://www.forbes.com/sites/davechase/2015/11/03/millennials-cleaning-up-another-boomer-mess-this-time-healthcare/#88f1f8727b42

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