The New York Times (10/2, A22, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) reports, “Americans of working age are going to the doctor less frequently than they were 10 years ago, according to a new report by the Census Bureau.” The report indicates that “in 2010, people age 18 to 64 made an average of 3.9 visits to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, down from 4.8 visits in 2001.”
The Washington Times (10/2, Cunningham) reports that Americans “may be hesitating more before they rush to the doctor’s office with mild symptoms. Employers have trimmed back on health insurance plans as they grow more expensive, sending more employees into high-deductible plans that require them to pay more out of pocket at the doctor’s office.”
The Houston Chronicle (10/2, Ackerman) reports, “Women were more likely than men to have seen a medical [practitioner] in 2010 — 78 percent vs. 67 percent.”
The Baltimore Sun (10/2, Walker) “Picture of Health” blog reports, “Hispanics were the least likely racial or ethnic group to see a medical [professional], as 42 percent never visited one during the year.”
— “Doctor Visits Dropping, New Census Figures Show, “Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, October 1, 2012.