Wait times for a doctor’s appointment are longest in Boston

In a new survey, Boston was found to have the longest wait times when it comes to seeing a doctor. Credit: Colourbox
In a new survey, Boston was found to have the longest wait times to see a doctor.
Credit: Colourbox

If you’re hoping to see a doctor in Boston, chances are you’ve got a long wait ahead.

In a new study conducted by national research film Merritt Hawkins, Boston was found to have the longest average doctor appointment wait times of all 15 metropolitan markets in the nation.

The study shows that on average, patients wait 72 days to see a dermatologist, 66 days to see a family physician, 46 days to see an OB/GYN, 27 days to see a cardiologist and 16 days to see an orthopedic surgeon. The average wait overall is 45 days to schedule a doctor appointment in the Boston area, the survey indicated.

The firm released its results in 2004, 2009 and 2014. In each of the surveys, Boston had the longest wait times.

“Finding a physician who can see you today, or three weeks from today, can be a challenge, even in urban areas where there is a high ratio of physicians per population,” said Mark Smith, president of Merritt Hawkins. “The demand for doctors is simply outstripping the supply.”

As for the shortest wait times, Dallas scored the No. 1 spot with an average 10.2 days to get an appointment.

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