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Many Docs Not Accepting New Medicaid Patients

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Although 96% of office-based physicians accepted new patients in 2011, a study has found that 31% would not accept new Medicaid patients. The investigation also revealed that 17% would not accept new Medicare patients and 18% would not accept new privately insured patients. Those in smaller practices and those in metropolitan areas were less likely to accept new Medicaid patients than others.

Abstract: Health Affairs, August 2012.

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