50% of Primary Care Physicians in Massachusetts Won't Accept New Patients

Access to primary care physicians in Massachusetts remains the most volatile of medical specialties surveyed, according to a study from the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Appointment wait times improved for internal medicine and worsened for family medicine in 2012, but nearly half of primary care practices remain closed to new patients.

Practices accepting new patients
2012: 51 percent of internists, 50 percent of family physicians
2011: 49 percent of internists, 47 percent of family physicians
2010: 51 percent of internists, 46 percent of family physicians

Average wait times for new patient appointments
2012: 44 days for internal medicine, 45 days for family medicine
2011: 48 days for internal medicine, 36 days for family medicine
2010: 53 days for internal medicine, 29 days for family medicine

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