Why The Doctor's Always Late

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Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Patients wait an average of about 20 minutes at doctors’ offices, according to national data from healthcare consultants. It’s a major annoyance for patients who are stuck leafing through dated magazines, and worrying about work piling up on their desks.

What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Maiken Scott of WHYY wanted to find out, so she spent a morning with Dr. Peter Gearhart of Penn Ob/Gyn and Midwifery Care, a busy practice in Philadelphia.


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