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The Best Time to Visit Your Doctor

Researchers at Glasgow University in Scotland studied the attendance records of doctor visits at hospitals for more than 4.5 million people, as well as more than 10,000 appointments at a general practitioner’s office. The results: More people missed appointments at the beginning of the week than the end.
Tuesday is the most popular day to seek a doctor’s appointment, which can also make it hardest to get in and out quickly, according to doctor-booking website ZocDoc. The site combed anonymous data from its 2.5 million monthly users from July 2012 to July 2013 and came up with some trends about when doctor’s offices are the busiest.
By Thursday and Friday, things start ramping up again as patients try to squeeze in before the weekend. But depending on the season, Friday afternoon can be a great time to get an appointment.
In general, morning appointments will have the shortest wait times, but it also helps to find out a thing or two about your doctor’s schedule. A cardiologist, for example, might start his morning at the hospital and be running late for your a.m. appointment. Other offices closed for lunch hour, so the first appointment of the afternoon will have the shortest wait.

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