Men are postponing health care, a new study has found

According to the respondents, the majority of men experience mental or behavioral health problems, but they still deviate a lot from talking about these important health problems. Anxiety, sleep problems and depression were most commonly reported in the study, with 49% of men saying these concerns affected their productivity at home or at work. Additional key findings:

Generation difference

As many as 79% of Generation Z and Millennium Men report having mental or behavioral health problems in the past year, compared to 57% and 68% of Generation X and the baby boom. Gen Z and millennials are also more likely to report that mental health affects their performance at home and at work.

Concern for costs

Survey men who say they are worried about finances are more likely to experience behavioral or mental health problems, 78% compared to 56% who are less worried or not at all worried about finances. In addition, approximately two in five men, 38%, delay or avoid going to the doctor or prescribing because of medical costs – even higher among millennials, 49%. Moreover, 26% believe that they do not have enough insurance to cover all their medical needs.

“Even health insurance has out-of-pocket expenses that many people can’t afford,” Tipton said. “Aflac meets today’s rapidly changing needs for benefits with flexible coverage, which helps you take care of costs that are not covered by health insurance. Insured persons can use their benefits to help with medical supplements, deductions and prescriptions or daily living expenses such as rent, utilities or childcare. We are making wellness benefits, telemedicine and more accessible as value-added services to encourage people to take advantage of the annual reviews. “

Procrastination sounds better than discussing final expenses, such as funeral expenses

Final cost planning is also a touching issue for many men, according to the study. Most of the men surveyed, between 59% and 68%, admit that they prefer to clean their garage, mow the lawn, complete a honey list or take out the garbage, rather than talk about the final costs with their loved ones. One-third also admitted that they did not know how to pay the final expenses, such as funeral expenses, if something happened to them or an immediate family member. Similar to mental health problems, one-fifth of men report that they have never discussed the final costs with anyone.

Access to health care

Access to quality health care is also a problem. Millennials are more likely to say they believe this is often determined by one’s race, 38%, compared to approximately 28% among other age groups. Millennials also believe that access to quality health care is often determined by gender, 32% compared to 8% and 23% respectively among the baby boom and Generation X.

Men want help, but they need more motivation

Men expressed a strong interest in tools or additional benefits to support their mental health and well-being: 62% would be interested in using some form of assistance or coverage to support their mental health and well-being that they do not currently use or have at their disposal. , including online access to a doctor, psychologist or counselor, mental health insurance and examinations and applications for mood tracking and health reminders. Men also cited women in their lives, wife or girlfriend and mother as the most noticeable influence that motivates them to visit a doctor besides themselves.

“While it may be something they would prefer to postpone, holding these very important mental health and financial planning talks could lead to a change in the world to improve the well-being, productivity and financial security of men and their families. Consider your benefits, and supplementary insurance, which includes mental health care and financial planning resources, is a really good first step, “Tipton said.

About the study

The study of men’s health was conducted online at May 2022 by Kantar Profiles on behalf of Aflac and includes a nationally representative sample of 1001 men aged 18-65. Definitions of age generations used in the study: Gen Z – from 18 to 24 years; millennials – from 25 to 40 years; Gen X – from 41 to 56 years; baby boomers – from 57 to 65 years.

For more information on this study, please visit: aflac.com/menshealth.

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1 LIMRA 2021 Supplementary Health Insurance in the United States General Market Report

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