I trained in Boston so I periodically keep tabs on the medical scene there. In the same vein of the previous entry I wrote today, comes this story from the Boston Globe.
. . . new patients in Boston wait an average 37 days to see a cardiologist, 45 days to see an obstetrician-gynecologist, and 50 days to see a dermatologist “” the longest waits of the 15 cities.
. . . They not only uncovered long waits, but also discovered that patients may ï¬nd it hard to reach a live person. Many physicians’ ofï¬ces had answering machines directing callers seeking appointments to leave messages. In many cases ofï¬ce staff did not call back even after the researcher left two or more messages.
. . . The Massachusetts Medical Society argues that in recent years physicians have begun ï¬‚eeing the state “” or refusing to come “” because of relatively low fees and high malpractice premiums and cost of living.