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Study: Physician visit wait times increase

Effective May 18, 2017
Published May 18, 2017

The time it takes for a new patient to see a physician is on the rise, according to a study conducted by Merritt Hawkins.

The “2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates” showed the average wait time for new patients to see a physician in the U.S. increased 30% from 2013 to 2016. The study found the average wait time for new patients was 24 days in 2016, an increase from an average of 18.5 days in 2014 and 20.5 days in 2009.


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