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Most Young Adults Receive Routine Health Care

Most young adults have a source of health insurance, mainly from parents or guardians

FRIDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of young American adults regularly seek health care and have access to insurance, according to a survey published online June 14 by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Researchers from Harris Interactive, on behalf of the AAFP, surveyed 1,273 youth, aged 18 to 26 years, to gain insight into health coverage accessibility and care utilization among the young adult population. The survey was conducted between March 31 and April 11, 2011, in the United States.

The researchers found that 66 percent of respondents had a regular place where they received health care. Of those, 76 percent go to the doctor's office for routine health care, including 62 percent who see a family physician. At least 68 percent use health care conveniences, such as online scheduling and e-prescribing. In total, 78 percent of respondents reported having some source of health insurance coverage, with 51 percent being covered under a parent or guardian's health plan and 21 percent covered through an employer-sponsored health plan; those aged 18 to 20 years had the largest proportion of uninsured. Twenty percent of young adults had unexpected health care expenses in the past 12 months, and 79 percent of these said these expenses created some level of financial hardship.

"Our survey shows that young adults are getting preventive care," said Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., president of the AAFP. "This kind of diligence can help them maintain their overall health, and preclude future problems."

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