U.S. internet users searching for key medical information online by insurance 2012

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adult internet users who have looked online for medical information in the last 12 months in 2012, based on those that are insured or uninsured. Of the adults with insurance surveyed, 17 percent reported looking for information on drug safety or recalls. The internet has become a diagnostic tool for about one-third of adults in the United States. Women and younger adults are more likely than men to use the internet for a possible diagnosis.

Percentage of U.S. adult internet users that have searched online for select medical information in 2012, by insurance status*

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Release date

January 2013


United States

Survey time period

August 7 to September 6, 2012

Number of respondents

Insured:2,066; uninsured: 326

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* Within the last 12 months.

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