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Doctor survey: Patients skimping on healthcare

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 20, 2009

More people are canceling doctors' appointments, leaving prescriptions unfilled and skipping screenings such as Pap smears to save money, according to a national survey of family doctors. As a result, more patients are winding up with health problems that could have been prevented, the American Academy of Family Physicians said in its report. The academy e-mailed more than 8,000 doctors, asking questions about the effects of the recession, and 505 doctors completed the survey in March and April.