Healthy San Francisco's Long Lines Slim Down


No sooner did SF Weekly report that the city's universal health care program Healthy San Francisco had contributed to long lines at public clinics, than a new city report came out this week showing that waits had been reduced during recent months.

According to the the San Francisco Controller's new government barometer — a table of highly simplified data compiled from various agencies —  between December and February, the number of average days a new patient waits for an appointment in a San Francisco public clinic droped from 29 days to 25 days, a 13.8 percent improvement. During that time the number of people signed up for Healthy San Francisco rose from 49,359 to 50,768.  In Feb. 2009, however, when Healthy San Francisco had 14,000 fewer participants, the average wait for a new patient was only 15 days.

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