Among the 34 most populous states, Connecticut had the best rate of preventive health care visits, according to a recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Connecticut residents made preventive care visits at nearly double the national rate (120 visits per 100 residents compared to 61.4 ) in 2012, the latest year for which figures are available from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
Preventive care visits include general medical examinations, prenatal visits and well-baby visits. Experts say these proactive visits reduce emergency or inpatient care by promoting healthy behaviors that might delay or prevent deteriorating conditions.
Women visited primary care physicians for preventive care 69 percent more often than men in 2012. There was a negligible difference between the rates for males and females who were children or older than 65.
Women between the ages of 18 and 44 had the highest visit rate of any other age group. In contrast, men of that same age group had the lowest visit rate for preventive care.
Among males, 76.3 percent of visits were to primary care physicians like general or family practitioners, internists and pediatricians, rather than specialists. Among females, 48 percent of visits were to primary care practitioners.