Just one in four (24%) of working adults immediately arrange an appointment as soon as they feel ill while nearly a third (30%) say they hold out for as long as possible before arranging an appointment even if they are suffering. Parents are quicker to act if it's their children who are ill – more than half (54%) say they go to the doctor's straight away and just 3% hold off for as long as possible.
Its nationwide study among more than 2,000 employees and self-employed workers found widespread support for GPs – around 78% say they believe family doctors are under immense pressure and 80% worry the
That helps to explain the reluctance to bother GPs with minor complaints – three-quarters (73%) believe people should take more responsibility to look after themselves.
To give people greater control of their health and wellbeing, the insurer has launched online health service
"However, there is a fine line between protecting their GPs and leaving conditions untreated in the hope everything will be fine. Sometimes early intervention by a GP is the most appropriate and safest thing to do.
"Services via a smartphone or tablet such as
AIG's research shows nearly two out of three adults (64%) frequently look up their symptoms online before going to the doctor and that more than half (51%) often just want advice or reassurance from their GP.
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