Wait Times for Doctor Appointments in U.S. have Increased by 30% Since 2014

Key Findings

Following are selected key findings from Merritt Hawkins’ 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates:


• Average new patient physician appointment wait times have increased significantly. The average wait time for a physician appointment for the 15 large metro markets surveyed is 24.1 days, up 30% from 2014.

• Appointment wait times are longer in mid-sized metro markets than in large metro markets. The average wait time for a new patient physician appointment in all 15 mid-sized markets is 32 days, 32.8% higher than the average for large metro markets.

• At 52.4 days, Boston has the highest average new patient physician appointment wait time of the 15 large metro markets surveyed.

• At 48.8 days, Yakima, Washington has the highest average new patient physician appointment wait time of the 15 mid-sized metro markets surveyed.

• At 14.8 days, Dallas has the lowest average physician appointment wait time of the 15 major markets surveyed.

• At 10.8 days, Billings, Montana has the lowest average physician appointment wait time of the 15 mid-sized markets.

• For large markets, the average wait time to see a family medicine physician is 29 days (up 50% from 2014), and ranges from a high of 109 days in Boston to a low of 8 days in Minneapolis.

• For mid-sized markets, the average wait time to see a family medicine physician is 56.3 days and ranges from a high of 122 days in Albany, New York to a low of seven days in Billings, Montana.

• The average rate of physician Medicare acceptance is 85% in large metro
markets and 81% in mid-sized markets.

• The average rate of physician Medicaid acceptance is 53% in major metro
markets and 60% in mid-sized markets. ..”

Source: https://www.merritthawkins.com/uploadedFiles/MerrittHawkins/Content/Pdf/mha2017waittimesurveyPDF.pdf
2017 SURVEY OF PHYSICIAN APPOINTMENT WAIT TIMES And Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates, Merritt Hawkins, 2017

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