What's New and Noteworthy

Miscellaneous Info

  • The number of people older than 45 has risen 11% during the last decade. More than half of patients visiting the doctor are now older than 45 years.
  • Diagnostic and screening services ordered have increased remarkably in the last 10 years.
  • Diet was the most frequently provided counseling topic.
  • The leading primary diagnoses for visits to the doctor included high blood pressure, arthritis and related joint disorders, the common cold, and diabetes.
  • The number of drugs prescribed for patients is steadily rising. This is felt to be due to the need to prescribe multiple drugs for those with multiple conditions as well as the availability of new and popular types of medication.
  • The top four drugs prescribed by doctors are Celebrex, Lipitor, Claritin and Lasix.