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Study: Doctor visits decline, uninsured less healthy
Visialia Times-Delta

People made fewer visits to the doctor over the past 10 years — a time when the cost of health insurance, deductibles and co-pays soared, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau out Monday.

Among people between the ages of 18 to 64, the average number of visits to medical services (physicians and hospitals) decreased from 4.8 visits in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010. The report examines the relationship between medical usage, health insurance, and health and economic status.