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

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Less than once a year
  10996 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%
23185 total votes.
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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.

    • Before I started bike racing (and the inevitable crashing... broken collar bone right now) I went about once a decade. 15 years without seeing a dentist. When I finally visited, no problems and still never had a cavity.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @09:48AM (#45131551)

      I can't believe that you immunize/vaccinate your children! Do you not know about the autism risk? Repeated studies have shown that a whopping 1.13% of vaccinated children will develop some form of autism!!! Any reasonable person can't deny the effect that vaccinations have had on our children. In contrast, only a low 1.13% of unvaccinated children will develop a form of autism. Fact*: vaccines cause autism.

      * Because if you can't believe a disgraced doctor who falsified his case studies, who can you trust?

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Because if you can't believe a disgraced doctor who falsified his case studies, who can you trust?

        I only believe research verified by former Playboy Playmates.

        • by 93,000 (150453)

          Amen, and I'll do you one better ... former Playmates who now hock e-cigarettes. Seems like she must have my best interests at heart!

    • by jamesh (87723)
      What about if you have a cold and want to rest up for the day rather than go into the office and infect everyone else? My workplace is pretty good but some places will demand that you go and waste a doctors time to write you a medical certificate to validate your sick leave.
  • Yearly trip to the dentist - or so. Yearly trip to the eye doctor - or so. Even without being sick, 1 or 2 would seem reasonable. And of course, there's always the vet.

    • Yearly trip to the dentist - or so. Yearly trip to the eye doctor - or so. Even without being sick, 1 or 2 would seem reasonable. And of course, there's always the vet.

      Similar annual trips, only, Dentist (x2 cleanings per year), oncologist, gp, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, annual PET scan and soon the proctologist/urologist will end up on the list. Getting old sucks! But, I do know a lot of doctors. :) If something does happen I now have a network where I am probably only two phone calls away from a recognized specialist in whatever might be needed. I don't mess around with that hero "I don't need to see a doctor unless I am really sick" thing anymore. Not since Hodgki

  • by kria (126207) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .eirrac.reyalpelor.> 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.

  • We have a yearly legally mandated check-up. I also have moderately high blood pressure and need to refill my diuretic prescription every three months. That alone makes for five visits a year. And if there's something else, that simply adds to it. So 5-8 visits in a year would be completely unsurprising.

    If you add dental appointments and accompanying a family member I easily show up at a medical office more than once a month on average.

  • by i.r.id10t (595143) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @10:52AM (#45132159)

    I go when something that should be on the inside is suddenly on the outside, or when something that should be on the outside is suddenly on the inside.

  • by bziman (223162) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @12:04PM (#45133083) Homepage Journal
    When I was a kid, I always got so bored listening to people whining about their medical issues. But all these years later, being a cancer survivor, having a variety of ongoing injuries from sports, and general health issues, I spend a lot of time in doctors' offices. I'm just really lucky that I'm in that rare elite class in the United States that merits good health insurance. If not for that, I would have died years ago - who can afford a half million or more out of pocket for cancer treatment?
    • by spasm (79260) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @01:53PM (#45134355) Homepage

      What's that joke about the British {or any other developed nation in the world} doing a remake of Breaking Bad? Walt gets diagnosed with cancer in Episode 1 then the rest of the show is about him receiving free high quality cancer care?

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        This is most likely what you're referring to :

      • Pithy and funny.

        But, as I said to those making the joke when it went around last year, apparently untrue. It seems from (admittedly, purely casual) searching that cancer outcomes are actually somewhat better in the US than in Europe, at least for some kinds of cancer. The National Center for Policy Analysis, a "non-partisan think tank," has a page from 2007 on this [] with cites to appropriate studies; and a 2011 British Department of Health policy document entitled "Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer []

        • by spasm (79260)

          I don't think the joke is really about the quality of care (I agree with you that US care for advanced and complicated conditions is better than most parts of the world (just don't look up where the US rates for infant mortality)). It's about being able to pay for it. In the show, Walt is receiving good care - it's not that he can't access care, it's that the cost of that care would be economically devastating for him and his family without some form of 'outside support'.

          In the US in 2013, three out of fi

    • receives != merits

    • by diodeus (96408)

      I'm Canadian, while the medical system here is not perfect, not having "decent" health insurance is not a life or death or bankruptcy situation. The whole anti-Oamacare movement is baffling to most of us up here.

  • Mostly dentists since I was born with many disabilities and many health issues (getting worse too as I get older). It sucks! :(

  • Last time I went to the doctor was when I needed a physical for a mainframe computer operator job in the late 80's. ;)

  • Looking at these responses, 67% are currently indicating they visit the doctor less than once a year or roughly once a year. That's how medical insurance companies make their money, on the vast majority of us who don't need the medical attention.
    • Do you understand how insurance works? Not just "medical insurance", but the concept of insurance in general?

      Because the fact that you typed that second sentence seems to indicate you don't.

  • 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.

  • I was raised by a nurse...which means if I'm well enough to make myself a cup of tea every couple hours, I'm not going to the doctor. Unless I know I need something, like when I get an infection and have to schedule a visit to get antibiotics.

    Doesn't help that usually when I *do* go see a doctor they just made things worse. Last time I went to actually see a doctor was when Swine Flu was the big thing and I had all the symptoms (I've gotten lab tests since then, with the analysis and prescriptions done over

  • by MrLogic17 (233498) on Tuesday October 15, 2013 @05:58PM (#45137135) Journal

    My employer's insurance company madates an annual checkup to get "prefered" rates. (Out of pocket doubles if you don't jump through a few hoops.)

    Every time I've gone, nothing good has come of it. I'm currently fighting a +$600 bill for a CAT scan I never wanted, to diagnose some marginal test results. Turns out I have a gall stone. Most people do. And the recommended treatment is.... wait for it.... nothing. Ignore it until it causes problems.

    My doctor is milking the system every chance he gets, running every test he can marginally justify.

    If I had my way, I'd go to the doctor once every 20-30 years.

  • I use to never go to the doctor unless it seemed life-threatening. Then I got married and have a daughter. Now my wife nags me to got all my shots, vaccines and sends me to the doctor over insignificant ailments.
  • I do have to get an FAA medical every 5 years (3rd class) as a private pilot. So that makes 2 visits per decade.
  • I visit my doctor quite often (once a month or so), because he likes to check i'm not going manic or suicidal. What a weirdo. Anyway i'm lucky in that i'm in the UK and it's free at the point of use. If I had to shell out cash every time I saw him, I would probably just sit and stew at home and be more likely to do something stupid.
  • I only go to medical doctors (as opposed to dentists and eye doctors) when absolutely necessary. Same with going to hospitals. Way too many people around either who are sick or dying. I'd rather hang with the other healthy people.


  • Everyone on maintenance medication needs to visit once approximately every 90 or 180 days to get the prescription renewed. I'm guessing the survey isn't taking the "Oh. That." effect into account.

    • What? No. Doctors can legally write for up to a year without a consult in the states with which I'm familiar, and usually do. I've never heard of anyone needing to go every three months unless they are on something that specifically needs to be monitored regularly (like psych meds). I'm on two maintenance meds with my PCP and I see him once a year. Hell, with mail order prescriptions one fill is a 90 days supply and they usually write for three refills. If it's been less than a year and you run out for some
  • by Ihlosi (895663) on Wednesday October 16, 2013 @07:24AM (#45141373)
    ... I'm a doctor and not a patient."

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra


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