This topic reminds me of a couple of articles I had been keeping in my computer's HWPC folder, for posting at a later relevant time. Guess that time is now.
Appointment times to get:https://lifehacker.com/book-a-doctors-appointment-at-8-00-am-or-1-00-pm-to-av-1047744938
8AM and 1PM are best
If possible and acceptable to you, go with youngest or newest doctor in practice (usually less booked)
Appointment times to avoid:https://lifehacker.com/avoid-these-appointment-times-to-skip-the-wait-at-the-d-1208620665
Most popular slot: Friday 10AM, then Monday 2PM
Most popular day: Tuesday (also day with most last minute
Most popular weekday slots: 10AM and 2PM
Most same-day appointments booked: Monday
Shortest in-office wait time: Monday
Longest in-office wait time: Thursday
The second article above also mentions the value of showing up early to fill out pre-appointment paperwork. I would like to add something to that from personal experience which could also make a big difference in wait time.
My family physician's office has now made it possible for patients to complete that pre-appointment paperwork at home on one's computer and submit it, even a day or two ahead of time, before going in to the office for the actual appointment: (1) go to office website (2) call up pre-appointment paperwork screen (3) enter required data (4) enter it.
Thus, when you get to the office, it's already there, and you can maybe bypass those sitting there filling out the paper versions of those things.
Maybe your doctor's office doesn't offer that option, but it would be worth asking to see if fhey do, and then taking advantage of that option if it's available.
Obviously, the above statements about
appointment times are statistical generalizations, but maybe of some help in planning one's appointment times.