More physicians decline Medicaid patients due to poor reimbursement
Fewer U.S. physicians are seeing Medicaid patients. That is due, in large part, to a lack of funds, a new study finds.The proportion of physicians seeing Medicaid beneficiaries slipped by about 1.7 percentage points over the past decade, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change. Roughly 15% of physicians said they did not have any Medicaid revenue for the last half of 2004 and the first half of 2005. That compared with approximately 13% during the same periods in 1996 and 1997.
In 2004-2005, about 20% of physicians declined to accept new Medicaid patients. Most blamed inadequate reimbursement.