For years, people on or going on Medicare have expressed their fears that they will no longer be able to find physicians that accept Medicare payments. This has been a problem, but studies have consistently shown that about 85% of docs participate with Medicare. A new study from HHS offers the following::
– According to federal survey data, the percentage of all office-based physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients has not changed significantly between 2005 and 2012, with 87.9% of physicians accepting new Medicare patients in 2005 and 90.7% in 2012.
– 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.
So, perhaps the trend is shifting. Follow the link below for the full study::