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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

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Less than once a year
  10995 votes / 47%
Once a year, roughly
  4697 votes / 20%
2-3 times a year
  3847 votes / 16%
4-10 times a year
  1750 votes / 7%
More than 10 times a year
  563 votes / 2%
Are you counting the vet?
  1332 votes / 5%
23184 total votes.
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

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  • I only go... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by just_another_sean (919159) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @08:47AM (#45131039) Homepage Journal

    When I am really sick. I try to avoid over reacting and going myself or taking my kids just because there's a cold going around the house or a simple flu that goes away in a day or two. Even though my insurance hides the cost to me I am aware of how expensive and in demand health care resources are these days!

    Before anyone jumps on the statement about my kids; I do take them at least once a year for checkups and immunizations they may need that year.

  • by kria (126207) <> on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @09:18AM (#45131279) Journal
    Unfortunately, until someone mentioned it, I wasn't even thinking of dental and eye doctor visits, so that's: twice a year to my GP, once to my OB/GYN, twice to the dentist and once to the eye doctor, minus occasions that something is actually wrong, which isn't often.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @09:21AM (#45131303)

    So that means I have a basic schedule - wife and I each get 2 dental cleanings a year, 1 wellness exam, etc. These are all "preventative" care so they cost me nothing (excluding the cost of my insurance). Then there's my psychiatrist, 2-3 times a year. Then I usually get "sick enough" to go get some antibiotics once or twice a year. Beyond that it's different every year-- wisdom teeth, flu, ER visit for a head injury, X-ray for a hand injury, wife had gallstones and had her gallbladder removed, things like that. Since I have good health insurance, I never look for reasons to avoid going to the doctor. If there's something wrong, even if it's minor, I go to the doctor and get it taken care of. 10+ doctor visits a year, easily.

    My sister-in-law, on the other hand, has various annoying health problems that she's had for years and never has the time or money to address. Cavities, broken teeth, infected cysts, back pain. She works for an hourly wage and has no health insurance. Many doctors won't even take her on as a new patient, presumably because she couldn't afford them. She goes to the ER when she has something scary going on, like chest pain, but otherwise doesn't ever go to the doctor or the dentist.

    Whatever this country decides to do about healthcare, I understand that any change will only make my insurance coverage get worse/more expensive, but that's because I already have the best. I also know that there are a lot of people like my sister-in-law out there, who really need some fucking help. I hope Obamacare pans out, I really do.

  • by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @04:04PM (#45135937)

    When you're younger, maybe not once a year, but don't assume you don't need to. It's good to have things like potential problems discovered proactively. I did bloodwork years back and found out I was approaching the prediabetes range which gave me plenty of time to address it without it becoming a chronic condition.

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