Why Do People Avoid Medical Care?

There is little in life more important than your health. How we take care of ourselves can be a major factor in how long we live, the quality of our life, and how well we can function on the job.

When we don’t feel well, and are unable to correct the problem ourselves, most of us head for the doctor. However, no matter how badly they may be doing, some people simply refuse to seek medical attention. This seems grossly illogical: in many cases, not getting treatment can lead to the condition worsening and possibly even becoming fatal.

Here are some reasons why some people do not seek medical attention when they should:

Denial

Some people have been raised to just tough things out when not feeling well. Consequently, they are less likely to seek help when they are out of sorts.

Cost

If you don’t have insurance, medical care can be quite costly. Even the actual doctor’s appointment can be beyond some people’s capacity to pay, let alone prescriptions, and any follow-up.

Gender

Compared to women, men overwhelmingly avoid the doctor until a situation arises where they feel genuinely compelled to make an appointment. There are various theories about why, the main being that after entering adulthood, women have regular gynecological visits, while men do not have an equivalent.

Time

Some people claim that they just don’t have time to see a doctor. That may be true, but they really need to make time when their health is the issue.

Fear

A select few fear doctors and medical treatment in general. Others may be afraid of what the doctor will say about their current condition (e.g. it might be cancer).  The latter does not make any logical sense; if a condition is potentially quite serious, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.