Saturday, November 23, 2013

Just How Bad is Medicaid?

So far ObamaCare has enrolled about 400,000 folks in medicaid and only sold about 100,000 insurance policies.  That doesn't bode well for people getting actual healthcare.  Just because you have an "insurance" card does not mean a doctor will see you:
…30% of office-based physicians do not accept new Medicaid patients, and in some specialties, the rate of nonacceptance is much higher ― for example, 40% in orthopedics, 44% in general internal medicine, 45% in dermatology, and 56% in psychiatry. Physicians practicing in higher-income areas are less likely to accept new Medicaid patients. Physicians who do accept new Medicaid patients may use various techniques to severely limit their number ― for example, one study of 289 pediatric specialty clinics showed that in the 34% of these clinics that accepted new Medicaid patients, the average waiting time for an appointment was 22 days longer for children on Medicaid than for privately insured children. (NEJM)