4 out of 10 young people say, “I can’t go to the hospital even if I’m sick…” “I’m busy and it’s a waste of money.”

4 out of 10 young people say, “I can’t go to the hospital even if I’m sick…”  “I’m busy and it’s a waste of money.”

Youth policy research survey results of 4,000 people

More than half have not received a checkup in the past year
15% “I have no one to ask for help when I’m sick”
58% “Depressed state” 37% “Suicidal thoughts”

It was found that 4 out of 10 young people did not go to the hospital even when they were sick due to reasons such as being busy or not money enough. More than half of them had never received a health checkup in the past year, and the proportion of medical expenses spent on living expenses was less than 5%.

The Korea Youth Policy Institute published these findings on the 13th in a report titled ‘Research on the current state of youth poverty and measures to establish a self-reliance safety net system.’

Patients are waiting to receive treatment at the hospital. Newsis

In a survey conducted on 4,000 young people aged 19 to 34 (1,984 men and 2,016 women), 41.6% of respondents answered, ‘I have not been able to go to the hospital even though I have been sick in the past year.’

The most common reason for not going to the hospital was ‘I don’t have time to go to the hospital (because I’m busy)’ at 47.1%. This was followed by ‘because it is a waste to spend hospital expenses (medical expenses)’ (33.7%) and ‘because I bought non-prescription drugs at the pharmacy’ (9.3%).

The majority of respondents (54.0%) said that the average share of medical expenses out of monthly living expenses over the past year was ‘less than 5%’. This was followed by ‘6-10%’ at 18.2% and ‘not at all’ at 13.2%. The proportion of respondents who responded that medical expenses out of total living expenses felt burdensome was 40.0%. The proportion who say it is not a burden is 30.9%.

More than half of young people were found to have never received a health checkup at a hospital, health checkup center, or public health center in the past year. Among major health support policies, 50.6% of respondents chose ‘expansion of free health checkups by 2030’ as their top priority. The most urgent government policy for youth health was ‘expanding support for youth medical expenses’ (32.8%). ‘Expansion of psychological counseling support for youth’ was 28.9%, and ‘expansion of youth health check-ups’ was 24.4%.

Additionally, young people found it difficult to receive help from people around them, such as friends and family, when they were sick.

15.2% said, ‘There is no one around me I can ask for help when I am sick.’ 52.4% of young people who said ‘yes’ also answered ‘I have never received help from people around me in the past year.’ The proportion who said ‘I have no one I can rely on emotionally’ was 13.2%, and the proportion who said ‘I have not met anyone privately in the past month’ was 16.4%.

In the past month, 9 out of 10 people answered that they had ‘eating alone’ and 3 out of 10 people had ‘drinking alone’. In addition, 57.8% of young people answered that they were ‘depressed’ and 37.1% of young people answered that they ‘had thoughts of suicide.’

The researchers suggested, “There is a need to strengthen the promotion of youth health checkups and prepare a plan to support medical expenses for vulnerable young people,” and “We need to establish customized health policies according to age group, gender, unemployment status, region, etc.” .

Reporter Kwon Gu-seong [email protected]

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