Physicians have been accepting a smaller percentage new patients than patients or with private , according to a study by the National Center for Statistics (NCHS), the Centers for Disease Control.
More than 95% -based physicians were accepting new patients in 2013, the latest for which data are available. While nearly 85% accepted patients using private , and almost 84% accepted those , less than 69% were accepting recipients.
The study noted that the Act calls for rates for many primary services to equal those paid by , but most states have not fully implemented the new rates.
The NCHS looked at acceptance new patients by doctors in cities and smaller communities. There was almost no difference for patients with private . About 83% doctors in metropolitan areas accepted patients, compared to over 91% in non-metro areas. For patients, the acceptance rate was 67% in cities, versus almost 86% in smaller communities.
The five states with the lowest percentage physicians who accepted patients were California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York.
The survey data was drawn from electronic records 4,220 physicians nationwide between February and June 2013.