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Who’s Visiting Non-Acute Care Facilities and Why?

Have you ever wondered what type of patients are visiting office-based physicians and why? This infographic has the answers—including patient demographics, number of visits, services patients are receiving and more.

Who had contact with a healthcare professional in the last year?

  • 85% adults
  • 94% children

How many doctor office visits per year?

  • 883.7 million physician office visits
  • 278 physician visits for every 100 patients
  • 736 per 100 infants
  • 498 per 100 seniors aged 65 and older
  • 213 per 100 kids aged 1 to 17
  • 190 per 100 adults aged 18 to 44
  • 302 per 100 adults aged 45 to 64
  • 315 per 100 females
  • 239 per 100 males

Why are patients making office-based physician visits?

  • 37% chronic condition
  • 27% new problem
  • 23% preventive care
  • 7% injury
  • 6% pre- or post-surgical care

What services are patients getting?

  • 48% exam or screening
  • 29% lab tests
  • 22% health education and counseling
  • 14% imaging
  • 14% procedures

Who’s getting a flu shot?

  • 50.4% kids aged 6 months to 17 years
  • 34.2% adults aged 18 to 49
  • 46.8% adults aged 50 to 64
  • 69.4% seniors aged 65 and older

How many people visit a physician office annually to treat unintentional injuries?

  • 39.5 million patients. By comparison, 29.2 patients visit the emergency department for the same reason each year.

How are patients paying?

  • 54% private insurance
  • 82% Medicare for adults 65 and over

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