Germans go to the doctor ten times a year

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The Germans go to the doctor less often

Germans go to the doctor less frequently than in the mid-1990s, according to the results of a new study. On average, adult Germans only go to a family doctor or specialist ten times a year. That is about three visits to the doctor less than 20 years ago.

Ten visits to the doctor per year The "Bild" newspaper reported on Thursday, referring to a survey on behalf of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), about declining numbers of visits to the doctor. On average, Germans now only see a doctor ten times a year. In 1995 the number was 13 visits.

Causes of Doctor Visits Common causes of people seeing a doctor are high blood pressure, back pain, or respiratory infections, as older studies show. Another common reason is psychological and mental suffering.

Declining numbers due to over-the-counter medications The DIW experts cite, among other things, better preventive care, for example among dentists, as reasons for the decline in doctor visits. On the other hand, drugs that you have to pay for yourself today are a reason, because you no longer need a prescription for it.

Over 20,000 people from around 11,000 households are surveyed every year in Germany on behalf of the DIW on the topics of income, employment, education and health. (ad)

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