78% Consider Online Medical Sites Reliable

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters nationwide believe online medical information is at least somewhat reliable. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that total includes 13% who think it is Very Reliable.

Not surprisingly, then, 74%  visit medical websites to learn about possible causes when they have unfamiliar medical symptoms.

However, 77% of Americans say they would rather see a doctor in person than online.

Only 15% have actually had a telemedicine doctor’s appointment (that’s up from 13% in September). Another 33% say they are likely to try one in the future. Younger voters are more likely to have had a telemedicine  appointment and also more likely to try it in the future (see crosstab results).

It seems reasonable to think that attitudes about telemedicine could change thanks to the long wait times and costs Americans are facing to see a doctor in person. It takes an average 18.4 days to actually see the doctor after making an appointment. Then, it takes two hours out of the day to spend just 20 minutes with the physician. That’s because a typical visit involves 101 minutes in the waiting room and travel time. People living in remote rural areas may have to set aside even more time.

Meanwhile, the cost of seeing a doctor has made a real impact on a significant number of American voters. 38% have put off a doctor’s visit due to the costs involved. The survey found that this jumps to 47% among those earning less than $75,000 annually.

We conduct polls on healthcare topics at least twice a month. Since August, the number rating the US healthcare system good or excellent has stayed between 30% and 38%. Despite skepticism about the health care system, more than 70% consistently rate their own insurance coverage as good or excellent. They medical care people receive also receives generally positive reviews.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters nationwide believe that it’s Very Important to ensure that every American has access to quality health care. However, only 18% of voters support Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to ban private insurance companies and require everyone to use a federal health care system.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted May 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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