Researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have found that beneficiaries of Medicare who live in areas with a “larger supply of doctors” are not any more likely to be satisfied with the physician care they receive or the time they spend with their doctors than Medicare recipients who live in regions with smaller pools of physicians. Additionally, the study “found no significant differences in access to specialists or availability of tests.
This isn’t surprising. At DrScore, we’ve found that seeing a caring, friendly doctor is the critical factor in patient satisfaction. Having more doctors won’t make patients happier, but having more empathetic doctors who show how much they care about their patients does.