Capsules: To Schedule A Doc Visit, Get In Line; More About Treating Clubfoot

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports on a survey about waiting times for new patients' physician appointments: "Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 days. The longest waits were in Boston, where patients wait an average of 72 days to see a dermatologist and 66 days to see a family doctor. The shortest were in Dallas, where the average wait time is 10.2 days for all specialties, and just 5 days to see a family doctor" (Gold, 1/29).

Also on Capsules, Gold writes more about clubfoot treatment: "We’ve had a lot of response from readers and listeners to our story on NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday, The Clubfoot Correction: How Parents Pushed For Better Treatment. Readers wrote that they or their children had received casting and boots-and-bars treatment for clubfoot. Some happened many decades ago—some fairly recently. We thought some more explanation is in order" (Gold, 1/28). Check out what else is on the blog.

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