HealthDay News – Single and married men are more likely to see a doctor regularly compared with those living with a unmarried partner, according to researchers.
“Previous research has demonstrated that married men are more likely than not-married men to seek preventive health care services because their spouses encourage them to do so. It was not known, however, whether cohabiting partners of not-married men play a health-promoting role similar to that of spouses,” wrote Stephen J. Blumberg, PhD, and colleagues, in a NCHS Data Brief.
About 71% of males reported visiting a doctor in the past year, the researchers found after examining data from a 2011-2012 survey and focusing on three groups of males aged 18 to 64 years: married males living with a spouse, males who living with a partner of either gender, and single males.
When insurance was taken into account, more than 80% of insured married males had seen a doctor within the past 12 months compared with three-quarters of single males and 71% of cohabitating men, according to the inspectors. About 50% of cohabitating males had undergone recommended cholesterol and diabetes screenings in the past 12 months.
“Cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force,” wrote the agency.