Today, being a patient requires grit and perseverance. It means being at the mercy of busy receptionists, paper calendars, unanswered voicemails or never-ending phone tag. It means calling the office to make an appointment, waiting on hold… and waiting even longer for the next available doctor’s appointment, leading us to ask:
Why does being a patient require so much patience?
Among the myriad of problems plaguing healthcare around the country, the average wait time for a physician appointment has grown 30% across major metros since 2014 - culminating in weeks, if not months, of waiting for some cities: