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When it comes to health care attitudes and actions, the divide between the two genders is wide. The findings of the inaugural 2008 Deloitte Survey of Health Care Consumers, a comprehensive online poll of more than 3,000 participants, revealed substantive differences in how women and men select, finance and manage their own health care. Make their own decisions about treatment, rather than defer to their doctor; Become more engaged in comparison shopping for reduced health care costs and better hospital services; Explore alternatives to traditional health care services (alternative treatments and drugs, retail clinics, e.g.); Favor more tailored health care coverage and taking better care of themselves and their families; Consult health-related Web sites for medical information in greater numbers than men (women are more web-savvy); Insist in higher percentages upon online access to test results and appointments. The survey results for men indicate they are, Less likely to be admitted to a hospital for treatments; Less likely to delay a course of treatment; More likely to pay additional costs for the same-day appointments; More willing to go abroad for medical treatments; if it saves them money; More toward higher deductibles and lower co-pays from their health plans. The breakdown of the survey found women are more likely to, Have their own primary care doctor; Be admitted to hospital for treatments; Delay a course of treatment; Use alternative approaches; Order health care products online; Make personal treatment decisions.
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