Most Americans Consider Their Health to Be Excellent or Very Good
0 Updated at 3:30 am, October 2nd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two thirds of Americans consider themselves to be in either “excellent” or “very good” health, a new government report finds.
Another 24 percent describe their health as “good,” while 8 percent said it was “fair.” Two percent consider themselves to be in “poor” health.
The findings come from a just-released U.S. Census Bureau study of working-age adults in 2010.
Additional findings from the report:
- In 2010, working-age adults made an average of 3.9 visits to doctors, nurses and other medical providers, down from 4.8 in 2001.
- Respondents were much less likely to visit a dentist at least once in the last year than a medical provider: 59 percent compared with 73 percent.
- Medical provider visits become more likely with age, as 37 percent of young adults 18 to 24 did not visit a provider at all during the year, compared with 8 percent of those 65 and older.
- Women were more likely than men to have visited a medical provider during the year, 78 percent compared with 67 percent.
- 92 percent of the population did not spend a night in a hospital during the previous year, and only 1 percent spent eight or more nights.
- The chances of spending no nights in the hospital ranged from 96 percent for children to 83 percent for people 65 and older.
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