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Travel and Wait Times are Longest for Health Care Services and Result in an Annual Opportunity Cost of $89 Billion

April 24, 2019

Accessing professional health care services required on average 34 minutes of travel and 11 minutes of waiting, a burden that hasn’t changed over the past 11 years.

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Analyst Corwin Rhyan of Altarum makes the case for telemedicine.  His study uses Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey to show how wait and travel times for health care have changed over a recent 9 year period and how that time compares to other activities.  "Given the lack of progress made in decreasing wait and travel times, despite significant system investments in access and efficiency, this report emphasizes the need for further focus on decreasing a patient’s time burden in receiving care."
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