March 31, 2015
A new study ranks New Jersey last in the country for doctors willing to accept Medicaid patients under Obamacare, NJ.com reports.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians reported that they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013. This is far below the national average of nearly 69 percent.
It's unclear how the expanded Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act in general has affected physician practices in New Jersey. But a study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week said that while patient volume is increasing, it's not off the charts.
"Contrary to what many anticipated, physician waiting rooms aren't being flooded by sicker-than-average newly insured patients," Kathy Hempstead, who directs coverage issues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told NJ.com. "So far, the increase in demand is moderate, and new patients do not appear to differ much from established patients in terms of their chronic conditions."
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