Higher copayments and deductibles apparently have not discouraged Americans from visiting their doctors, according to a new Gallup Poll on healthcare. The poll, conducted in early November and released last week, found that nine out of 10 Americans visited a doctor at least once since November 2003, about 4 percentage points higher than 2001. The number of Americans making more than 10 doctor visits during the year also increased from about 10% three years ago to 14% in 2004, the survey said. The survey shows Americans visited a physician an average of 6.3 times during the previous year, about two visits more than the average from 2001.
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