More Doctors are Participating in Medicare

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on “Access to Physicians’ Services for Medicare Beneficiaries”, which shows that physician participation in Medicare is growing. Among the key points:

  • The percentage of all office-based physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients has not changed significantly – from 87.9% of physicians in 2005, to 90.7% in 2012.
  • The number of physicians who have agreed to accept Medicare continues to grow — from 705,568 in 2012 to 735,041 in 2013.
  • The percentage of physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients is similar to, and in recent years slightly higher than, the percentage accepting new privately insured patients.
  • Medicare beneficiary access to care is high and has remained stable over the past five years.

Here is a link to the brief:

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