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Ambulatory Care Use and Physician office visits

Data are for the U.S.

Adults who had contact with health care professional

  • Percent of adults who had contact with a health care professional in the past year: 82.1%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 35 [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Children who had contact with health care professional

  • Percent of children who had contact with a health care professional in the past year: 92.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 12 [PDF - 711 KB]

Number of visits

  • Number of visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments): 1.2 billion

Source: Selected patient and provider characteristics for ambulatory care visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments: United States, 2009-2010 [PDF - 127 KB]

Physician office visits

  • Number of visits: 1.0 billion
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 332.2
  • Percent of visits made to primary care physicians: 55.5%
  • Most frequent principal illness-related reason for visit: cough
  • Most commonly diagnosed condition: essential hypertension

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Summary Tables, tables 1, 9, 13 [PDF - 382 KB]

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