New data from the European Commission show that generalist practitioners (GPs) and surgeons in some countries see some patients far more regularly than their colleagues in other countries.
According to the data, in 2017, 76 per cent of people visited their GP in the 12 months prior to the survey. Denmark had the largest share of people who saw their GP six times or more (49%) during the previous 12 months. France had the highest percentage of people (34%) going to the doctor three to five times, whereas Slovakia had the highest share of persons consulting their doctor once or twice (47%). The share of people who did not go to see the doctor was highest in Greece (61%).
Fifty-five per cent of patients consulted a surgeon in the 12 months prior to the survey. Germany had the largest share of people who consulted a general surgeon three to five times (23%). Italy had the largest share of people who consulted a general surgeon once or twice (48%), and the share of persons who did not go to see a general surgeon was highest in Romania (88%).
At European Union level, the frequency of consultations of general medical practitioners and general surgeons was higher for women than for men.