Only 47% of Men Have Been to the Doctor in Past 6 Months: Poll

  • A poll by Insider Partners at YouGov found that American men are less likely to see a doctor than women.
  • Only 47% of men have seen a doctor in the past 6 months, compared to 64% of women.
  • Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman recently announced that he has not been there for 5 years.

American men go to the doctor less often than their female counterparts, according to a new YouGov poll.

While 64% of women said they had seen a doctor or GP in the last 6 months, only 47% of men said the same, a difference of 17 percentage points.

After John Fetterman, Lt. gov. of Pennsylvania and a Democratic Senate candidate who suffered a stroke in May, he drew attention to what he felt was an all-too-common tendency for men not to see a doctor.

“Like so many others, and so many men in particular, I avoided going to the doctor even though I knew I wasn’t feeling well,” Fetterman said after his doctor said he hadn’t seen him in over 5 years heard . “I almost died as a result. I want to encourage others not to make the same mistake.”

Like Fetterman, 9% of male respondents said they had not seen a doctor for at least 5 years. Only 2% of women had the same answer.

The YouGov survey also found that 21% of men do not have a family doctor.

The most common reasons given by these men were 28% who said they “don’t need it,” 26% who said they “don’t like doctor visits,” and 19% who said they “don’t trust any doctor workers.” “

Among women without a family doctor, 34% cited being unable to afford it as the main reason, a concern shared by only 18% of men without a family doctor.

Studies have shown that not only are men less likely to seek medical help, but men also receive less attention from doctors, on average, and receive fewer and shorter explanations.

There was also a racial disparity among respondents in the YouGov survey who said they did not have a family doctor, with 29% of Hispanic and 22% of Black respondents saying they did not, compared to 15% of White respondents.

The survey was conducted June 7-10 of 1,000 Americans using YouGov’s opt-in internet panel with sample matching. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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