Patient wait times found to vary widely by state

June 10, 2012

Patient satisfaction surveys consistently show that wait time is among patients' top complaints with their physicians. A recent analysis showed where states stand.

If you practice in Mississippi or Alabama, chances are your patients are less satisfied than those of physicians practicing in other states. That's because patients in Mississippi and Alabama have the longest wait times, according to an analysis of more than 700,000 physicians' offices by http://Vitals.com/, an online service that matches patients and doctors. Patient satisfaction surveys consistently show that waiting time is among patients' top complaints with their physicians.

Wisconsin patients have the shortest average wait time-15 minutes-in the country, followed by New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota. West Virginia, Arkansas, and Nevada had some of the longest wait times. The national average was 21 minutes.