I Don't REALLY Need To Go To The Doctor -- Do I? : Planet Money Physicians say fewer patients are coming in.
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I Don't REALLY Need To Go To The Doctor — Do I?

You know how there are those people that will turn blue or suffer for weeks before they will step foot in a doctor's office? Well, now there are more them. That's according to this survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians. More than half the docs reported that they are seeing fewer patients come in.

The real sad number that caught my eye in here — 60% of doctors had "seen more health problems caused by their patients forgoing needed preventive care."

If you need some incentive to go to the doctor apparently you'll be spared a couple minutes of Muzak and bad magazines. The wait time is down.