The increase is more outspoken in Flanders (+31 percent) than in Wallonia, although the Francophones still account for the major part of the consumption.
Belgians visit their GP four to five times every year on average. This figure is higher for Flemish patients (4.7 times each year) than for patients in Wallonia (4.5 times) and Brussels (3.9 visits). Some 78 percent of the Belgians have seen a GP over the past year.
Alternative treatments are becoming more popular, especially among French speakers in Belgium. Over 13 percent of the residents in Wallonia and Brussels have visited an "alternative GP" so far this year.