A study by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services had investigators call in to physician offices requesting appointments for a Medicaid patient. The findings raise serious questions about access to care for Medicaid patients, especially since national enrollment numbers have increased by nine million people last year.
Investigators discovered one-third of physicians were not at their listed location, eight percent said they did not take Medicaid patients, and another eight percent said they were not currently taking new Medicaid patients. For those who did manage to find a Medicaid doctor, the wait time for an appointment was on average two weeks, though more than a quarter had to wait more than one month, and 10 percent had to wait two months or longer.
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