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Delay is the American way. At least when it comes to calling your doctor's office for a checkup or because that nagging pain in your gut isn't going away.
The appointment means changing work hours, juggling child care duties, forking over a co-pay, waiting.... waiting... as your blood pressure rises -- which the lady wielding the pressure cuff will remind you after noting how many more pounds you've put on.
Fact is, if you have a doctor, have insurance and can get an appointment, then most of your "problems" are minor. If you have to slog into a hospital emergency department for treatment, consider these recent tidbits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere:
So, making that appointment and bringing a magazine to the waiting room shouldn't look so bad.