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More US doctors are refusing to accept government insured patients

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3476
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    More and more US doctors are refusing to accept patients with government sponsored Medicare and Medicaid insurance, just as health reform includes more previously uninsured patients in Medicaid and more “baby boomers” are turning 65, when they qualify for Medicare.

    A growing number of doctors are also refusing to accept patients with private health insurance, the kind that most US citizens get through their jobs. A patient who seeks care from a doctor who does not accept private health insurance pays the doctor’s fee out of his or her pocket and then tries to seek a reimbursement from his or her insurance company. Reimbursement is usually less than …

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