223 shares In healthcare, time is of the essence. Mere minutes can be the difference between life and death for someone who’s suffering from a stroke. To a patient who’s terminally ill, getting an early diagnosis means spending a few more months with their loved ones. Many doctors, however, are unable to spend as much time with patients as they’d like. According to a large-scale report by Medscape, which is owned by WebMD, doctors on average spend 13-16 minutes with each patient.