The proportion of U.S. physicians seeing Medicaid patients decreased over the past decade by about 1.7 percentage points, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change. Some 14.6% of physicians said they did not have any Medicaid revenue for the last half of 2004 and first half of 2005, according to a study by the center. That compared with 12.9% during the same periods in 1996 and 1997. In the 2004-05 period, 21% of physicians declined to accept new Medicaid patients -- five times higher than the percentage who declined new, privately insured patients, the center said. As a result, larger practices, hospitals, academic medical centers and community health centers have seen an increase in Medicaid patients. Among those physicians who declined new Medicaid patients, about 84% said it was because of inadequate reimbursement.
Percentage of docs treating Medicaid patients falls, study finds
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