We’re Becoming Like Canada

Nationwide, the average wait time to see a doctor last year was 23 minutes, according to the health care consultants Press Ganey. Neurosurgeons have the longest wait times (30 minutes) and optometrists the shortest (17 minutes), according to the report.

In urban areas and among certain specialties, however, the waits can be much longer.

Full article on doctor wait times.

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  1. Bruce says:

    I agree. We are becoming like Canada.

  2. Simon says:

    The demand for more physicians is present; the US needs to increase the supply of physicians.

  3. Buster says:

    Physicians overbook so they can fill their entire day with appointments. If the office staff does it correctly, the wait is minimal. However, if done badly, the wait can run into an hour or more. I don’t mind modest waits but I have a problem with any doctor that expects patients to wait for an hour or more on a regular basis.

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  5. Virginia says:

    Even if you don’t count the lobby, there’s always a wait in the exam room. I think most people generally expect a wait now. Plus, it’s not going to get better. Bring a book.