Vitals Releases Report on Doctor Waiting Room Times in 2010

Clinic Waiting Room Vitals Releases Report on Doctor Waiting Room Times in 2010 Photo

(methodisthospital.net)

Going to see a doctor in Alabama? You’re advised to take a book. The average wait time to see a doctor in that state is 24.1 minutes, according to a new study of national doctor wait times by Vitals.com.

All doctor offices are outfitted with waiting rooms. Yet, the new study reveals the time a patient spends there could depend on where you live or what kind of specialist you are seeing.

Patients in Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Maine have the shortest wait times before a doctor visit, averaging at 15 minutes.  While West Virginia (22.6 minutes) and Montana (23.7 minutes) were the last two runner-up states with the longest wait times.

Yet, patients living in the fifty United States wait far less than those living in the United States territories. Patients in Guam can wait 23.6 minutes to see a doctor, while in Puerto Rico the wait can stretch to 26.6 minutes and a whopping 29.9 minutes in the Virgin Islands.

The study was conducted among nearly 200,000 patients who visited the site in 2010. The bright spot, overall, was that the total national average for waiting times did decline in 2010 from a peak of 21.3 minutes in 2009 to 19.8 minutes in 2010.

Regardless of where you live, though, Vitals also found that longer wait times were associated with certain specialists. Not surprisingly, patients wait the longest to see emergency physicians (24.8 minutes), followed by pain management specialists (24.4 minutes) and preventative medicine specialists (21.8 minutes). The shortest wait times were for allergists & immunologists (16.4 minutes), radiologists (16.9 minutes) and psychiatrists (17.1 minutes).

The complete list of average waiting times based on state and specialist can be found at Vitals.com.

AvgDoctorWaitTimesStates Vitals Releases Report on Doctor Waiting Room Times in 2010 Photo

National Average Doctor Waiting Times (vitals.com)

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