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Long waits cited in Philadelphia healthcare

Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2008

It takes patients at Philadelphia health centers an average of more than five months to get an appointment to see a doctor, according to a report released by the city controller. It took 15 days to get an appointment in New York City and only seven days in Baltimore, according to the report. There are eight public healthcare centers throughout Philadelphia, and data shows most of the 85,000 patients who visited them last year were impoverished African American and Hispanic adults. About half of their 320,000 visits were uninsured.