POLL: More people are avoiding the doctor these days

Most of us go to the doctor every year to make sure there isn’t something seriously wrong with us. At least we think that most people do that. Because, there are new numbers showing that is not the case.

According to a new research, between a third and a half of people from the ages of 45 to 59 went without health care in the past year because it's simply too expensive. Dr. Shahan Chowdhury of Diamond Physicians is not surprised and concerned.

“We now that eventually we will see the effects of this down the road in the form of more serious medical conditions that require more medical intervention,” Chowdhury explained.

And because of cost, she says concierge practices like hers are benefiting.

“I’ve seen a dramatic rise in the number of people that quite literally Google us, see us, walk in and sign up with no questions asked,” she stated.

There are other alarming numbers from this research performed by the West health Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago. About a quarter of people over the age of 60 also went without health care last year because of cost.

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