Q: How long are you willing to wait for a doctor?

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Answer: 20 minutes. At least, that's according to Vitals 2016 Wait Time Report. Vitals analyzed ratings patients left for doctors and correlated it to patient-reported wait times. Their findings: After 20 minutes, patient sentiment starts to suffer. For instance, 49 percent of patients who had a 15-minute wait rated their doctor ... Read More...

Is Your Physician a Top Rated Doctor?

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The people have spoken. Vitals announced the winners of its 8th annual Vitals Patients’ Choice award, a recognition of top rated doctors. Winners are chosen based on millions of reviews and ratings collected in the calendar year from patients. Each year, only about 5 percent of doctors nationwide are named a Vitals Patients’ Choice ... Read More...

Shopping for Women’s Health Care

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What is it that makes women's health care so much more expensive? It depends on the age of the women, but women may be paying for additional medical care like OB/Gyn exams, pap smears, mammograms, bone density scans. There can also be the cost of birth control, which costs women an additional $1,600 per year. Then if there's a pregnancy, the ... Read More...

Price Variations in Diagnostic Scans

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When it comes to scans, it’s wise to ask for the price. The price of a CT scan can vary by more than $900! While diagnostic radiologists have the largest price variations among doctors, it’s interesting that primary care physicians, like internists, and non-surgical specialists, have larger price variations than ... Read More...

Price Variations in Flu Shot Costs

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Have you received your flu shot this season? It pays to shop around. While the flu shot is often free or as little as $5, you can wind up paying more than $80 if you don't shop around. An analysis of flu shot costs by provider found wide price variations. Pediatricians had the least amount of cost variation, but primary care doctors like ... Read More...

7 Ways to Access Affordable Care When Travelling

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The last thing you want to consider when planning your vacation is what to do if you get sick or injured while traveling. Talk about a downer. A medical issue can not only derail your fun – but also wreck your wallet, if you’re not prepared. Here’s how to make sure you can access affordable care, should you need it, on your next ... Read More...

Where Are the Best Running Cities in America?

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As a sport, there’s no doubt running has exploded. More than 18.75 million people completed a running event in 2014. That’s more than double the 8.5 million people who finished a race in 2000. Races of all kinds – from half marathons to fun runs – have gained in popularity as the number of runners has increased. But running can be a ... Read More...

Six Ways to Shop & Save on Health Care Costs

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Already, 57 percent of American household budgets are seriously impacted by health care costs, and the situation is only getting worse. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, health care costs are expected to rise by 5.8 percent each year until 2022. Soaring costs are not only detrimental to one’s financial ... Read More...

Doctors Are Listening To Your Reviews

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While historically, doctors’ relationship with online reviews has been prickly, it seems most are embracing the fact that doctor reviews are here to stay. A new survey from Vitals finds that over 80 percent of doctors monitor their reviews and ratings. Bristling at the thought of being reviewed like a common restaurant or hotel, it wasn’t ... Read More...

Skin Cancer Risk: Video

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Did you know that 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer during their lifetime? With such staggering numbers, it's more important than ever to educate yourself on the dangers of UV rays. Watch our video to learn more about how to protect yourself, and which states have the highest risk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLWeZOxH_mI See the full ... Read More...