Physicians in Slovakia and Hungary are consulted up to 11 times per patient each year, according to data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), on the average number of consultations per inhabitant in 2017.
It shows that among the EU member states, there is a wide range in the frequency with which doctors are consulted. In Cyprus and Sweden, people consulted physicians, on average, less than 3.0 times during 2017, with the average number of consultations generally ranging between 4.3 and 10.0 in most EU member states. In Slovakia and Hungary, this figure was 10.9.
The data also show that between 2012 and 2017, the average number of consultations increased in almost half of the 22 EU member states for which data are available. The largest increases (in relative terms) were recorded for the Netherlands, Lithuania, Czechia, and Poland. Meanwhile, declines were registered in 12 member states, most notably in Denmark, France, Latvia, and Cyprus.
In all but one of the EU member states for which data are available, women were more likely than men to have consulted a general practitioner or specialist medical practitioner.