Why patients chose their physician – 5 key statistics

Mackenzie Garrity -   Print  |

Medscape surveyed physicians to determine why patients visited one physician over another.

Here are five key statistics:


1. Word of mouth from family and friends was the No. 1 reported factor, which 72 percent of physicians cited as the way they draw patients to their practice.


2. Seventy percent of physicians reported their reputation influenced a patient's choice.


3. Accepting the patient's insurance was reported by 49 percent of physicians as the reason patients chose them over another.


4. Appointment availability also influences a patients choice, with 42 percent of physicians saying it was a reason patient's came to their practice.


5. Thirty-eight percent of physicians indicated their reputation as an expert was the reason patients sought out their services.


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