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Annual Analysis of Average Patient Wait Times Finds We’re Waiting Longer

Concierge Medicine Today

APRIL 12, 2013 | The average shortest time patients sit in a waiting room before seeing a physician increased by more than a minute from 2011 to 2012, according to a new report issued by Vitals.

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The annual report, based on patient-reported wait times from Vitals’ database of more than 870,000 physicians, found that in 2012, Alaska had the shortest average wait time at 16 minutes, 28 seconds, followed by Wisconsin with an average wait time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds. In 2011, Wisconsin had the shortest average physician wait time at 15 minutes, 26 seconds.

Rounding out the top five states — those with the shortest average physician wait times — were Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Dakota. For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the longest average wait time at 24 minutes, 25 seconds. Other states in the…

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  1. Wait times are not only seen in the ER but now even in doctor’s offices. Canada had the highest percentage of patients (36%) who had to wait six days or more for an appointment with a doctor, but the United States had the second highest percentage (23%) who reported that they had to wait at least this long. New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and the U.K. all had substantially smaller numbers of people reporting waits of 6 days or longer. Canada and the United States, in that order, also had the lowest percentage of persons who said they could get an appointment with a doctor the same or next day.

    The United States had the largest percentage of persons (61%) who said that getting care on nights, weekends, or holidays, without going to the emergency room, was “very” or “somewhat” difficult. In Canada, it was 54%, and in the U.K, 38%. Germany did the best, with only 22% saying that it was difficult to get after-hours care. So as it stands the USA will become #1 across the globe, unfortunately it will be for all the wrong stats ! Wait until another 50 million, or more like 75-100 million really being the number of uninsured individuals coming into the Obama Care system, are looking for services.

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