Patients Face Long Wait Times

It takes an average of 19 days to schedule a doctor’s appointment, according to a survey by Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare. It takes 28 days to see a cardiologist in Denver, 49 days to see a dermatologist in Philadelphia, 35 days to see an ob/gyn in Portland, 18 days to see an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, and 26 days to see a family physician in New York. Physician appointment wait times varied from as little as one day to over eight months. Mark Smith, president of Merritt Hawkins said, “Finding a physician who can see you can be a challenge, even in urban areas where there is a high ratio of physicians per population. The demand for doctors is simply outstripping the supply.” The average rate of Medicaid acceptance for all five specialties in all 15 markets is 45.7%. For more information, visitwww.merritthawkins.com.

 

Last Updated 09/23/2020

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