No, it’s the US and yes, many people wait to see a doctor. My wife and I both experienced such delays this year. We were only able to get appoints within a few days because by luck we had connections with the physicians staff and they fit us in. Otherwise we would have waited several weeks.
Policymakers should keep this in mind when considering changes that increase demand for health care services. If there is one thing in this world that cannot be changed piecemeal, it’s health care.
The number of days a patient had to wait for a new appointment in four specialties — ob/gyn, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, and dermatology — continues to increase, according to a new survey.
Among 15 major metropolitan areas, the time it takes to schedule a new appointment increased by 8% since 2017 and by 24% since 2004, AMN Healthcare and Merritt Hawkins reported.
The average number of days a person had to wait for a new patient appointment was 26 days in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Overall, new appointment wait times increased from 24.1 days on average in 2017 and 21 days on average in 2004.
The survey also found that wait times were not equal across the specialties. The average wait time for ob/gyn appointments was 31.4 days, a 19% increase from the 2017 survey data (26.4 days). New patients had to wait an average of 26.6 days for cardiology appointments — a 26% increase from 2017 (21.1 days) — and 16.9 days for orthopedic surgery appointments — an increase of 48% from 2017 (11.4 days). Wait times for dermatology appointments averaged 34.5 days, a 7% increase from 2017 (32.3 days).
The only specialty to see a decrease in wait times was family medicine, which averaged 20.6 days for an appointment — a decrease of 30% from 2017 (29.3 days).
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