Patients increasingly happy with doctor visits

Patient satisfaction with office visits is on the rise, according to an online Harris Poll of 3,000 people aged 18 and older. Specifically, 88 percent of those who visited a doctor's office in the past year were satisfied with their last visit--a 5 percent increase from 2012, HealthDay reports. The top factors that were most likely to influence patients' satisfaction with visits included the doctor's overall knowledge, training and expertise (83 percent), access to overall medical history (65 percent), time spent with the doctor (58 percent), ease of making an appointment (49 percent), efficient and simple billing (45 percent) and being able to communicate by phone or email with the doctor outside of an appointment (44 percent). Article