82% of Americans have ongoing provider-patient relationship: 6 points

A Zocdoc report found the majority of U.S. patients want a long-term relationship with their provider, according to Healthcare Finance.

Here are six points:

1. The survey found the average provider-patient relationship totaled 9.4 years.

2. Eighty-two percent of those polled reported having an ongoing relationship with their physician.

3. Of those surveyed, 78 percent said a long-term provider-patient relationship is important.

4. Forty-one percent said it is more challenging to maintain an ongoing relationship with a physician than significant other.

5. Forty-three percent said they want their provider to have a sense of humor.

6. Twenty-six percent said providers' appearances were important.

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