The average wait time for a new consumer appointment with a physician takes 26.0 days, up 8% from 24.1 days in 2017, and up 24% over the 21-day wait in 2004. The rise in wait times was noted in responses to a recent survey of physician offices in 15 of the largest cities in the United States.
The survey focused on new consumer physician appointment wait times in five specialties: obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), cardiology, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, and family medicine. Average wait times increased in four of the five specialties (OB/GYN, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, and . . .