When Medicaid Pays Docs More, Patients See Docs More
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:33 PM

It is about the money.  Increasing Medicaid reimbursements to primary care providers improved appointment availability for those on Medicaid without leading to longer waiting times.  Researchers found that appointment availability for those on Medicaid increased from 58.7%, before Medicaid reimbursements, to 66.4% during the summer of 2014 when reimbursements were raised.

Additionally the states with the largest increases in availability were generally those with the largest increases in reimbursements, which worked out to an increase of 1.25 percentage points in availability for every 10% increase in Medicaid reimbursements.


Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/Medicaid/49656