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Rather than book a GP appointment straight away, people are more likely to turn on their computer first according to Simplyhealth report.

Nearly half of us admit that the way we access and seek advice and information about a health issue has changed over the last ten years.

Raman Sankaran for Simplyhealth comments: "Online healthcare resources fit in to our modern, busy, lifestyles, which is why 58% of people say they would rather turn to the internet than go and see a healthcare professional. Over half of those surveyed state that they would be willing to give information about their symptoms online. Social media and instant messaging are increasingly popular, with 56% of those willing to disclose information online saying they would be happy to take part in a web chat with a healthcare professional via instant messenger. All of this suggests that there is a shift in the way people want to access health advice and interact with healthcare professionals."

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