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77 secrets from pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists and other health-care insiders

Prevention Logo Prevention | Slide 1 of 83: he average wait time to see a physician in 15 major US cities is 18.5 days. Need a GP in Boston? That'll be 66 days (on average). If you're hunting for a dermatologist in Philadelphia, try 49 days.

Accessing doctors is just one of the maddening things about medical care, but the secret to navigating it all is right there in the waiting room with you: the receptionist. As the office gatekeepers, they know all the tricks...so we asked them to spill. Here, their top tips for getting prompt, quality health care—anywhere.

16 Secrets Every Doctor's Receptionist Knows

The average wait time to see a physician in 15 major US cities is 18.5 days. Need a GP in Boston? That'll be 66 days (on average). If you're hunting for a dermatologist in Philadelphia, try 49 days. Accessing doctors is just one of the maddening things about medical care, but the secret to navigating it all is right there in the waiting room with you: the receptionist. As the office gatekeepers, they know all the tricks...so we asked them to spill. Here, their top tips for getting prompt, quality health care—anywhere.

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