Using data from office-based physicians from the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Electronic Medical Records Supplement, Sandra L. Decker, an economist at the National Center for Health Statistics, found that 31% of physicians were unwilling to accept new Medicaid patients.

Doctors in smaller practices and in metropolitan areas were less likely than others to accept new Medicaid patients, Decker reported in Health Affairs (2012;31:1673-1679).

She also found that the higher the Medicare payment rates, the higher the proportion of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients.

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