United Kingdom Doctors Call for an End to 10-Minute Office Visits and a Cap on Number of Patients They See
Aging population and funding challenges could cause doctors in United States to shorten appointment slots for patients here as well
Across the globe, health systems share a common challenge: how to meet the steady increase in the number of patients demanding access to clinical care with a workforce of physicians, nurses, and clinicians that may be shrinking due to retirements and other factors. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will want to stay alert to these developments, because this same trend is at work within the United States.
The United Kingdom (UK) offers a good example of this problem. Claiming doctors are being “run into the ground,” general practitioners in the UK are calling for an end to the country’s standard 10-minute office visit and a decrease in the number of patients they see per week.
The British Medical Association (BMA) blames general practitioner (GP) burnout on:
• Rising demand from an aging population with multiple health needs;
• Physician and staff shortage; and
• Inadequate federal government funding for healthcare.
Those factors also are at play within the United States (US) healthcare system. The possibility exists that health system administrators might want to create a standard of 10-minute appointment intervals as a norm for primary care physicians in this country. (more…)