Doctor visits dropped during Great Recession in U.S.

01/10/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Americans visited their doctors' offices less often and filled fewer prescriptions when the Great Recession was in full swing in 2008 and 2009 compared with before the economic downturn, a study showed. Following the recession, blacks had fewer hospital stays than before, while hospitalization rates remained flat for Latinos and whites. The findings, based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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