The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates
August 13, 2017
The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates indicates that it now takes an average of 24 days to schedule a new patient physician appointment in 15 of the largest cities in the United States, up from 18.5 days in 2014, 20.5 days in 2009 and 21 days in 2004, previous years the survey was conducted.
The survey of 1,414 physician offices in 15 large metro areas tracks average new patient appointment wait times in five different medical specialties: cardiology, dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery and family medicine.
Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates
Mark Smith, President of Merritt Hawkins said, “More physicians will need to be trained, access to other types of providers expanded, and emerging technologies employed to ensure that health care delayed does not become health care denied.