Healthcare starts long before the patient walks into the doctor's office - it starts with scheduling care.
Doctors in the U.S. see nearly 3 billion outpatient appointments each year. Scheduling these appointments consumes 363 million work hours at an annual cost of over $7.25 billion. Yet few people understand the economics behind this costly process.
The traditional telephone-based scheduling process is incredibly inefficient. Consider the problem from the perspective of a typical 4-physician outpatient clinic: In order to schedule each doctor's 20 daily appointments (this is the very low end of the range - doctors in New York City, for example, often see 50-60 patients daily), the 10 employees supporting the clinic must spend a collective total of 200 hours on the telephone each month. That amounts to over $1,500 per physician per month just to schedule appointments.
That means physicians currently spend $2.50 scheduling each appointment. Considering the average reimbursement to a family practitioner for a 15 minute appointment is only $40, the appointment-scheduling process imposes a considerable 6% transaction cost.
What's more, half of all appointments are rescheduled. And on top of that, 20% of patients don't show up for their appointments, resulting in substantial opportunity cost to the physician.
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