Report shows people go to the doctor less than a decade ago

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Report shows people go to the doctor less than a decade ago

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fewer people are going to the doctor now than they did in 2001.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2010, the average working-age adult made an average of nearly 4 visits to a medical professional.

That's down from nearly 5 visits 9 years earlier.

Overall, most people say they're doing well, with 66 percent saying they're in either excellent or very good health.

Among ethnic groups, Hispanics were least likely to seek a doctor's care.

This report is from the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation.  For more information, visit www.census.gov.

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