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Opportunity Costs of Ambulatory Medical Care in the United States

August 18, 2015
By American Journal of Managed Care, Kristin N. Ray, MD, MS; Amalavoyal V. Chari, PhD; John Engberg, PhD; Marnie Bertolet, PhD; and Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH

Health Care News reported in July 2016:“The convenience and cost savings of this is not trivial, as a recent study suggested that waiting in physician offices costs Americans $52 billion annually in lost opportunity costs,” Savage said.

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Health Care News reported in July 2016:

“The convenience and cost savings of this is not trivial, as a recent study suggested that waiting in physician offices costs Americans $52 billion annually in lost opportunity costs,” Savage said.

The same study, “Opportunity Costs of Ambulatory Medical Care in the United States,” published by the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care in August 2015, found the time patients spent at doctor offices, plus travel, amounted to $43 per patient between 2003 and 2010. That amount “exceeds the average patient’s out-of-pocket payment,” the analysis states.