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One-third of doctors wouldn't take new Medicaid patients last year, study says

The Washington Post, August 7, 2012

Sandra Decker, an economist with the Center for Disease Controls, recently poured over the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which asks doctors whether they would accept new Medicaid patients. What she found could spell trouble for the health care law: More than three in ten doctors—31 percent—said no, they would not. Her research, published this afternoon in the journal Health Affairs, is the first that has ever given a state-by-state look at doctors' willingness to accept Medicaid. That makes it a helpful report to understand the factors that influence doctors' participation in Medicaid, alongside the public policy levers that could encourage them to join up.