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Doctor waiting time rules imposed
Ventura County Star

To keep 21 million Californians from waiting and waiting and waiting to see a doctor, state regulators are implementing standards on how long it should take to receive care.

Aimed primarily at people covered by HMOs, the first-in-the-nation mandates will take effect Jan. 17. They say it should take no more than 10 days to see a doctor in most routine cases and no more than 48 hours in many urgent care situations.