Get ready for a wait in your doctor’s waiting room
There’s one thing for sure about the Affordable Care Act – there will be a lot more people going to the doctor. The U.S. already has a doctor shortage, even as the medical needs of its aging population rise. The problem is about to worsen, with 25 million uninsured Americans expected to get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act by 2016, based on projections from the Congressional Budget Office. About half that number will gain access through changes in eligibility rules for Medicaid, the state-run insurance program for the poor.
Most practices, however, aren’t expecting a tidal wave of new patients, rather a gradual – but continuous and increasing – lift of that tide.
Massachusetts, which passed a health care law similar to the Affordable Care Act in 2006, may provide a preview of what’s to come. That state has more doctors per capita than any other, yet patients in Boston had the longest wait times of the 15 U.S. cities surveyed this past year. Physicians were booked more than six weeks out, almost double of the state with the next longest wait – Denver. And roughly half of Massachusetts internists and family doctors are not taking new patients, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society.
The rush may begin as soon as January, when all of those newly-signed up people make doctors appointments for check-ups and other ails – many for the first time in years.
So what’s this mean at Fox Valley Imaging? Absolutely nothing! We pride ourselves on short wait times, convenient parking and easy access to our facility. Our technicians and doctors are highly skilled and very good at their jobs, meaning your time with a procedure is kept to a minimum.
When your doctor or primary care physician orders a diagnostic test, consider the facility with almost no wait – Fox Valley Imaging.