Doc Will See You Now or Maybe Tomorrow

It primarily affects people in HMO's.

By Susan Taylor
|  Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Missy Stein

June 22, 2010: This is the waiting room where she's becoming pretty comfortable. She waits here every day before she goes in for her radiation treatment.

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Here is some good news if you need to see a doctor. 

New rules have kicked in, making California the first in the country, to shorten the waiting time for a medical appointment.  

State regulators approved the plan a year ago.  The new rules are primarily aimed at people covered by HMO's. 

It should take no more than 10 days to see a doctor in routine cases, and no more than 48 hours in urgent care situations. 

Health care plans will also have to provide a new system to screen the severity of illnesses or injuries.

The clock will start ticking on that system, 30 minutes after a patient places their initial call.

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