What the White House Calls “Universal Coverage”

Source: Center for Studying Health System Change

The above chart significantly underestimates the problem in two ways:

(1) There is an additional cohort of doctors who only accept “some” (i.e., reject most) new Medicaid patients; for example, 61% of internists and 56% of family & general practitioners accept “no” or only “some” Medicaid patients. (2) The physicians who accept “all” or “most” Medicaid patients are a concentrated minority; this means that if you have Medicaid, the number of doctors you have to call in order to find one who will take you is large.

This is from Avik Roy at The Apothecary.

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  1. Vicki says:

    This is just like Canada and Britain. They tell you that you have universal vcoverage and then deny you medical care.

  2. Joe S. says:

    Amazing graphic. Thanks for drawing it to our attention.

  3. Greg says:

    Remember, about half of the newly insured under Obama Care will be enrolled in Medicaid. If the Massachusetts example is followed, most of the remainder will be in highly subsidized private plans paying little more than Medicaid rates.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    Nearly half of psychiatrists accept no new Medicaid patients. More than one-third of family practitioners and internal medicine physicians accept no new Medicaid patients. These percentages will climb when Medicaid rolls are increased by nearly 50%. The Center for Studying Health System Change has a new report with dire warning about inadequate access to physicians by Medicaid enrollees.

  5. Nancy says:

    Not a pretty picture.

  6. Larry C. says:

    A stunning graph. It should be widely distributed.

  7. Bruce says:

    This picture really is worth a thousand words.