Answer medical surveys online, get paid in cash or, if you’d prefer, in gift cards. I know many physicians who earn cash rewards totaling hundreds of dollars every year this way, and a few who earn thousands.
The pay isn’t huge, but it’s never a bad thing to have beer money (or wine money… hard seltzer money?) for answering a simple questionnaire if and when you find yourself with a little time to kill in your day.
When you share your valued opinion, you not only earn cash but also participate in market research that may help shape how medications and medical devices are produced or marketed, potentially leading to product or process improvement.
Finally, this income is considered 1099 income, and that can be a big deal.
If you’ve wanted to have a business that allows you to open a solo 401(k) or a business credit card, earning a little extra income this way means you’ve got your own little survey-answering business. It’s truly one of the easiest ways for healthcare professionals to make money online.
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Medical Surveys that Pay Cash: Earn 1099 Income in Your Spare Time
Fill out surveys, get paid, sounds easy enough. I’m not going to tell you it’s too good to be true, though. First, let me describe and address the downsides I’ve heard (and sometimes experienced).
“I can make more money per hour doing patient care.”
It may be lucrative to earn extra income from working extra shifts or longer hours, but the payout from these paid medical surveys can be several dollars per minute or hundreds of dollars per hour for a phone interview.
When I did them, it was between duties while at work. I couldn’t earn any more clinically with that time, but I could take 5 to 15 minutes to answer some multiple choice questions. Some surveys take even less time than that.
Also, do you want to increase your clinical time to make more money? Most physicians are putting all the clinical time in they want to and then some.
“I always get screened out after answering a handful of questions.”
That happened to me a lot with one medical survey site that I won’t be featuring below. I don’t think they had my profile right and were sending me the wrong surverys. I stopped responding to their survey requests, and I will not subject you to that particular company.
It is true that some surveys have quotas based on specialty, location, hospital size, etc… You might answer a few survey questions to tease out that info and be told you don’t qualify.
That doesn’t make it a scam, but if it happens more than a couple of times with one company, move on.
Some companies, like InCrowd, might credit you a dollar when that happens — they’ve done so in my account before.
“I signed up but I hardly ever get survey opportunities.”
This can happen. Some specialties are more in demand than others. I recommend signing up with several websites to have more frequent survey opportunities. A half dozen of the top survey sites will be listed below.
“Survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for…”
No! Delete. Don’t waste your time. If they want your time and expertise, they can pay for it. A legit research survey company will pay for each and every completed survey.
Now if the drawing is simply for registering with them and they will also pay you for each and every online survey you complete, that’s a totally different story. Curizon has been doing this with our referrals lately, and that works out well for all involved.
Negatives aside, I have found answering these surveys to be worth my time, especially when I’m in a position where I’ve got some spare time, anyway.
The benefit of a side business can be significant. If you want a solo 401(k) as a landing spot for a rollover IRA, allowing you to do the backdoor Roth annually, the larger benefit of answering surveys may be in the tax savings from the annual backdoor Roth.
Support Our Charitable Mission With Each Registration!
Finally, in the vein of being fully transparent, this site does referral fees from survey companies. We may or may not be compensated depending on the type of healthcare professional, demographics, specialty, resident versus attending, etc…
Those referral fees from using our affiliate links support our charitable mission, and half of my profits are donated.
Note that many surveys are not just for physicians, but also for dentists, pharmacists, NPs, PAs, CRNAs, and other healthcare professionals. All of the top sites are completely free to join, and you can unsubscribe or opt out from any one of them if it turns out not to be a good fit.
Top Medical Survey Sites
The following is a brief review of some of the best healthcare survey companies. All are looking for medical professionals like you who are interested in earning a little extra cash for your time and expertise.
Curizon, a division of Toluna, describes themselves as the fastest growing Healthcare Panel around.
They offer members the opportunity to share their expert opinions, with the survey data influencing the development of medical breakthroughs, new drugs, healthcare facilities, new treatment studies, and more.
Every completed survey results in a credit to your account, and you can request to be paid out in cash or your credit can be redeemed in gift certificates to many popular merchants including Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Starbucks, and restaurants like Panera, Chili’s, and Cheesecake Factory.
Panel registration is open to:
- Managed Care Professionals
- Eye Care Professionals
Among physicians, all are welcome and will receive paid survey opportunities, and they are particularly interested in oncologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, and pulmonologists.
Curizon rewards one new member who signs up via our PoF link with a $250 bonus each month. Register here to join their survey panel and enter for the $250 drawing. This, of course, will be on top of any money earned from answering surveys in your leisure time.
You’ll be asked for your name, email, address, occupation, date of birth. Sharing your phone number and opting to receive surveys via text message is optional. The registration page looks like this.
InCrowd stands out to me for two reasons.
One, they offer lightning-quick microsurveys, often only a handful of questions that can be completed on your phone in a few minutes. In fact, 70% of their surveys are completed on a mobile device.
Two, they are the one survey company featured here that I’ve personally used. I wasn’t aware of many of these companies until after I had retired from medicine, and saying you cared for 0 patients last month isn’t going to land you many surveys.
InCrowd boasts an average survey completion time of just over 3 minutes, with 30,000 healthcare professionals having answered over 3 million questions to date. The following professions qualify:
- Active Physician
- Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- Nurse (BSN, LPN, RN, CNA)
- Physician Assistant
- Hospital Administrator
- Pharmacy Staff
- Managed Care
- Practice Managers
- Dental Hygienists
- Medical Resident or Fellow
- Genetic Counselor
Like the others, registration is straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
MD For Lives
MD For Lives is a newer market research company, and they tell me they have more survey opportunities than they have doctors to complete them.
Registration is very straightforward and they have an optional MDforLives App that you can download for either Android or Apple.
They aim to be a company that offers more than paid surveys. They also offer CME and a medical blog. From their site:
“Our vision is to refine the healthcare sector by aiding the critical players in the healthcare industry to create next-gen products and services.
Creating evolving products needs research on various factors like—the demands in the market, target audience, issues to be addressed, and the complications encountered. That’s where we come in.
MDforLives conducts online market research on niche sections of healthcare. Our process is structured to obtain maximum responses as well as accurate results.
The nuclei of our process are:
- Interesting and hassle-free surveys
- Prompt and easy honoraria disbursement
- Top-notch CME initiative and blogs relevant to your field of study”
Surveys completed with MD for Lives will result in honoraria in the range of $50 to $500. Register here.
M3 Global Research
M3 Global Research has been around for years as a part of M3, Inc., a publicly traded company founded in 2000 with millions of physicians in its worldwide network via MDlinx.com and their various M3 initiatives, which include PracticeMatch, Smartest Doc, and Wake Research.
Like the other companies featured, they offer cash honoraria for completed surveys. They pay in the form of a check, typically mailed out 4 to 6 weeks after the study is closed.
The most common survey opportunities will be online, but there can also be telephone, in-person, and online focus groups that typically pay more.
Some of the topics recently surveyed include hyperkalemia treatments, prescription side effects, biologics, genomic profiling, and technology solutions in healthcare.
You can sign up for M3 with a one-page form asking for basic information about you and your profession. M3 is particularly interested in oncologists, neurologists, and rheumatologists.
They pride themselves on being cellphone-friendly, giving you the ability to answer mobile surveys on-the-go.
They also have a charitable mission that I appreciate. You’ll have the option to donate a portion of your earnings to Watsi, whose mission it is to make healthcare accessible for everyone, and they’ll match them dollar for dollar.
GLG’s reach is far beyond the field of medicine, but they absolutely rely on the expertise of healthcare professionals to help answer the questions asked of them.
As compared to other featured surveyors, GLG is more likely to recruit you for specific projects that often require a phone interview. You may be asked to set your own price when you register. Don’t forget that your time and expertise is worth hundreds of dollars per hour.
Other Medical Survey Companies
Are the companies detailed above the only ones offering market research surveys for money?
Of course not! But they’re the only ones that have been willing to support our charitable mission thus far.
If you’ve already signed up with the aforementioned companies and would like even more opportunities, consider reaching out to any of the following healthcare survey companies, arranged from shortest name to longest:
C E Outcomes
Truth On Call
Alpha Impact Rx
All Global Circle
Harris Poll Online
Brand Institute, Inc.
Medical Advisory Board
Adept Field Solutions
Physicians Round Table
Science Advisory Board
View My Health Records
Health Strategies Group
Pick Research Solutions
Healthcare Advisors Bureau
Physicians Advisory Council
Qessential Medical Market Research
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