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Survey: Access to Mass. Doctors Improving Slightly

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Access to primary care doctors in Massachusetts improved slightly in 2012, although about half still say they aren’t accepting new patients.

That’s according to a new survey from the Massachusetts Medical Society released Wednesday.

The survey found 51 percent of internists and 50 percent of family doctors taking new patients That’s a small improvement from last year when only 49 percent of internists and 47 percent of family doctors were accepting new patients

The report found new patients wait an average of about 45 days to see a family doctor and 44 days to see an internist.

Wait times for internal medicine has been decreasing while the trend for family medicine has been increasing.

The survey also found 87 percent of patients are satisfied with the health care they received.

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