It takes less time to get in to see a doctor in Portland than in almost any major city in the U.S., according to a recent study by Vitals.com, a website that analyzes patients’ experiences with health care.
Portland had the fifth-shortest wait time in the country at an average of 17.26 minutes, about four minutes shorter than the national average of 21 minutes.
Minneapolis, Seattle, Milwaukee and Omaha had the four shortest wait times, all between 16 and 17 minutes on average.
El Paso had the longest wait times of the cities surveyed, with an average of 29.25 minutes.
Vitals compiled the information by surveying patients of the 700,000 physicians in the company’s database and analyzing their self-reported wait times.
Vitals Executive Vice President Jeff Cutler says, “While the actual encounter with a physician is a key factor in how a patient feels about their visit, wait times definitely matter in overall patient satisfaction.”