Time spent waiting for appointment to see preferred doctor after ACA enrollment 2014

This statistic displays the distribution of time spent waiting to get a first appointment with preferred doctors among newly insured United States adults, as of June 2014. Some 26 percent of newly insured adults required 8 to 14 days to get a first appointment with their preferred doctors, after they enrolled via the (ACA) health insurance marketplace. After the first enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act between October 2013 until March 2014, the share of uninsured working-age adults decreased dramatically. During this time, approximately 14 million citizens chose a private insurance or enrolled in Medicaid.

Time spent waiting for first appointment to see preferred doctor after enrollment through (ACA) marketplace as of June 2014*

Waiting timePercentage of adults
Within 1 week41%
8 to 14 days26%
15 to 30 days11%
More than 30 days15%
Have not tried to make an appointment2%
Have not been able to make an appointment4%
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Source

Release date

July 2014

Region

United States

Survey time period

April to June 2014

Number of respondents

4,425 respondents

Age group

19-64 years

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: "How long did you have to wait to get your first appointment to see this doctor?"
* Adults ages 19–64 who selected a private plan or enrolled in Medicaid through marketplace or have had Medicaid for less than 1 year and tried to find a primary care doctor or general doctor since getting new coverage. Does not include those who were not able to find a doctor.

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