In a recent Institute of Medicine report on the future of health-care systems, it was noted that the current system is built around the physician’s time, but the future system will be built around the patient’s time—not only when and where but how much patients demand from physicians —i.e.—24/7/365. Physicians will need to organize their practises so they can meet their patients' demands.
I believe the emphasis on the patient's time rather than the Physician's is already headed that way. I am noticing more physician practices that are organizing in that way...walk-in hours, realistic scheduling with little waiting. I for one will be very happy to see one hour wait times at the doctor vanish. In today's time, people are viewing (and rightly so) their time as valuable as the physician's. I know people who have actually billed the doctor for their excessive wait time and retained that amout of money from their payment. It makes a good point.