The Bridge: Ask any young person in America, and they’re likely to tell you that their healthcare system isn’t ideal. Privacy issues are glaring, and big pharma has run amok for long enough. In a couple of clicks they can see how the rest of the world does it – and when it comes down to it, Z-llennials will do what it takes to be heard. So what is a generation to do?

The Doctor is Out

Is anyone else creeped out that Amazon is buying up healthcare clinics?

A lot is shifting in the world of healthcare – telehealth appointments are becoming the norm, big tech is taking a more direct-to-consumer approach, and people are simply thinking differently about their medical privacy. There are also ongoing efforts to lower the age of consent for minors seeking autonomous medical care, meaning the availability of information and resources is of real importance in this shifting world.

Z-llennials have a lot to contend with in the medical space. Millennials are understandably skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry, and trust in government is abysmal in many young people. Combine this with the recent firestorm surrounding medical privacy in the form of the Roe V Wade decision, and you get a lot of uncertainty and desire for a better system. And hearing that data-siphoning companies are taking over private medical clinics is bound to ruffle a few feathers.

The Answer? 

One thing is certain – the demand for privacy isn’t going anywhere. And unsurprisingly, technology is catching up with that demand. Young people are in luck (and in control) while they navigate the changing times. While they seek medical autonomy for reproductive health, gender affirming procedures, and post-pandemic treatment, all roads lead to decentralization. Ditching paper records and locking information down on the blockchain is the way of the future. Will the healthcare market wake up to the reality that a huge subsection of young people want a change?

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