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KC ranks well in access to doctors, hospitals

Updated: 2013-07-17T05:54:58Z

By ALAN BAVLEY

The Kansas City Star

Had a problem getting in to see your doctor lately?

Probably not, according to new rankings of health care accessibility in 50 cities compiled by an Internet health-information service.

Kansas City was ranked eighth most accessible in the nation by Vitals, which posts information about physicians and patient reviews online.

Vitals based its rankings on the numbers of hospitals and primary-care doctors in each city compared to its population, along with patient reports of how easy it is to get an appointment with a doctor and the amount of time they spend in the waiting room.

Kansas City patients waited on average 17 minutes, 47 seconds to see their doctor, compared to the average 29-minute, 6-second wait endured by patients in El Paso, Texas, the longest of any city.

Overall, Boston and Minneapolis scored highest for accessibility. Virginia Beach and San Antonio scored lowest.

Alan Bavley, abavley@kcstar.com

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