Newly released survey results from Clover Health reveal that 36% of Savannah area seniors have skipped necessary medical care since turning 60, demonstrating the dire need for affordable and accessible healthcare services in the region.
Further, the survey uncovered troubling demographic trends, finding that low-income seniors in the region are skipping medical attention at even higher rates.
Nationally, 18% of seniors said they had not gone to the doctor when experiencing a health issue, putting Savannah behind the rest of country.
“It is very concerning that 36% of Savannah seniors reported not seeking medical care even when they felt they needed a doctor’s attention,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD and Chief Scientific Officer, Clover Health. “Older adults are particularly vulnerable to complications from chronic conditions and illnesses like the flu, making it crucial that Savannah seniors get the care they need this winter.”
Other findings in Clover’s survey include:
Savannah area seniors cited two main reasons for avoiding necessary medical care – of those who skipped seeing a doctor, 49% said the high cost was a deterrent, followed by 25% who did not want to go to the doctor alone.
30% of female Savannah seniors skipped the doctor in spite of a health concern, compared with 44% of men surveyed.
A staggering 55% of Savannah seniors with a household income less than $35,000 have not sought medical attention when needing it.
Of those Savannah seniors who did not get a flu shot last season, 42% admitted to not seeking medical care when they thought they needed it.
The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, intends to assess health trends within the 60 and older population.
Clover is focused on preventative healthcare by leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses before they become serious. As part of this, Clover’s sophisticated technology has an 85% accuracy rate in identifying patients at risk of being admitted to the hospital in the next 28 days – an unmatched level of precision.
Seniors in Chatham County can sign up for one of Clover’s comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans during the annual Medicare enrollment period, which began on October 15 and runs through December 7. This survey was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in Savannah. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.