Our research reveals that to deliver the health experiences that people expect today—and to improve patient loyalty—there are four factors to focus on across every part of the care journey.
An overwhelming 71% of people cite access as a top factor in selecting a new healthcare provider. They value things like appointment availability, convenience, customer service and the ability to connect to their provider through their preferred channels. Although access factors far outweigh all others, a trusted referral source is also important. Just over half of respondents (53%) consider it to be a top factor in their selection of a new provider.
One of healthcare payers’ primary roles is enabling people to access the quality care they need. People want that to happen with the right information, minimal hassle and flexibility. Payers’ effectiveness across these factors has a significant impact on people’s perception of their health experiences, and as such, on their likelihood of staying.
Ease of doing business
People who find their healthcare providers very easy to work with are nine times more likely to stay than those who find them difficult to work with—and three times more likely to stay than if their provider is even somewhat easy to work with. Similarly, people are four times more likely to stay with healthcare payers they find are very easy to work with compared to those that find their payer difficult.
Digital engagement is a strong predictor of loyalty. Put simply, people who are highly digitally engaged are significantly more loyal. Nearly 80% of highly digital people are likely to stay with their healthcare providers. When it comes to how highly digitally engaged people interact with healthcare payers, they are more likely to stay (69% versus 55%) and more likely to consider their payer very easy to do business with (74% vs 50%).
Trusters are five times more likely to stay with their healthcare providers than all other categories, and they are almost seven times more likely to stay than those who don’t trust their providers at all. Similarly, trusters are four times more likely to stay with healthcare payers than distrusters.