CONSUMER REPORTS: Need to see a doctor? It could take a while


Medical care can seem a little like alphabet soup these days. You might see an MD, a DO, a PA or an NP.

Consumer Reports examined each designation down to the letter and determined that what it spells out is better care for patients.

Need to see a doctor? Take a seat. It could be a while. It takes 29 days on average for a new patient to see a family medicine physician, compared with 19 and a half days in 2014.

Part of the problem is a shortage of primary care physicians in the United States compared to other developed nations and patients are feeling the crunch.

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