Every so often my 26-year-old daughter complains that her back hurts and wonders if she should go to a chiropractor. I suggest that she first find an internist and get an annual physical — which she never does. Instead she uses a walk-in medical center when needed. The last time she saw a personal doctor was when she visited her pediatrician four years ago.
She’s typical of many millennials. While some refuse to give up their pediatrician, most head to the emergency room, a walk-in clinic or even their local drugstore when they need medical treatment. Only 43 percent use a primary care physician, the lowest of any age group.