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Tue Oct 6, 2015, 05:52 AM

It costs you $43 every time you wait for the doctor

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/05/study-puts-dollar-value-time-spent-waiting-for-doctor/If7KB4aU9mkY5qK8CqDYUO/story.html

It costs you $43 every time you wait for the doctor
By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff
October 05, 2015

Anyone who has languished in a doctor’s waiting room, fuming as the minutes tick by, knows the frustration. Now, research from Harvard Medical School has calculated how many minutes patients spend seeking medical care — and the dollar value of their lost time.

The study estimates that the typical visit to a doctor consumes 121 minutes of the patient’s time — 37 minutes in travel, 64 minutes waiting for care or filling out forms, and only 20 minutes face to face with the physician.

Based on the average sum a person could earn if working during that time, the researchers figure, it costs patients $43 in lost time for each medical visit — more than the average out-of-pocket cost for the care itself, which is about $32.

“This is something we all experience,” said Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and the study’s lead author. But his work, Mehrotra said, is the first to put a price on the time involved in doctor’s visits.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 07:25 AM

1. Call before leaving for appointment.

It always pays to call ahead and ask if the Doctor is running late. Many times, it saved me from having to leave work early.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 6, 2015, 09:11 AM

2. and

I have learned to NOT make routine appts. on one of our doc's days off, cause the other doc has to see ALL patients that day.
Tuesday and Wed is usually a good time, I found out.

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