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Dentists and doctors visits has grown considerably in the Netherlands

The Dutch are visiting the doctor, dentist and physiotherapist more often in the last 30 years and they used more medication. The increase is partly due to aging, according to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

”In recent years there has been a cultural change. People are more likely to see a doctor and have become much more vocal,”said a CBS spokesman.

Especially dentist visits increased considerably. In 2009, 78 percent of the people went to the dentist in 1981 this was still 62 percent.

The number of people that visited a doctor at least once a year, rose to nearly 74 percent in 2009 compared to a nearly 70 percent in 1981.

The number of visits to medical specialists also increased.

In 1981, 6 percent of the Dutch population went to the physiotherapist, today it is 20 percent. The alternative healer is consulted more.

In the early eighties about 28 percent used prescription drugs, in 2009 this had risen to about 40 percent.

The use of non-prescription drugs such as painkillers and cough medicine rose more than 16 percent in 1981 to nearly 40 percent.