Tuesday, May 22. 2012
A sizable portion of doctors are unable to take on new Medicare and Medicaid patients due to the large rift in funds available, according to a survey from Jackson Healthcare.
In total, 36 percent of physicians polled noted that they can't accept any more Medicaid patients, while 26 percent said they don't see those on Medicaid. This may be a growing issue, as it is expected that as many as 13 million consumers will be taking on a Medicaid plan in the coming years. Furthermore, 17 percent explained that they cannot have more Medicare patients, and 10 percent don't see them already.
"This is creating the perfect storm that will make it very difficult for the poor and elderly to access a doctor," said Richard Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. "Physicians say they just can’t afford to be part of a system that generates so many patients for so little compensation."
Public plans that hurt a consumers' chances of getting the care they need may force them to look for private options. Taking their current plan and comparing it to other options may help ensure that they have a better chance of getting the proper care. Affordable health insurance rates are not impossible to find, and a new plan may have exactly what a person needs.