Studies Suggest Doctors, Dentists Can’t Keep Up With Health Law’s Insurance Expansion

Topics: Health Reform, States, Medicaid, Delivery of Care

Nov 19, 2012

Two studies find that primary-care doctors will be in short supply in the future.

Modern Healthcare: Medicaid Providers Tough To Find For Many States, Report Says
More than half of U.S. states and territories surveyed earlier this year by the Government Accountability Office reported it was a challenge to find enough dentists, specialists, primary-care doctors or other providers to care for Medicaid patients, a newly released report said. The online survey of the District of Columbia, U.S. states and five territories, conducted between February and May, found dentists were the most problematic provider. … Mental health and substance abuse provider participation was a challenge for 17 of the surveyed Medicaid officials, and the same was true for primary care (Evans, 11/18).

Reuters: U.S. Will Need 52,000 More Family Docs By 2025: Study
A growing and aging population, along with increased access to health insurance, will create the need for 52,000 more primary care doctors within the U.S. by the year 2025, according to a new study. …  “A lot of the increase in utilization is going to be from population growth. That’s going to be the largest driver. Then, a smaller percentage is actually going to be from [the health law’s] insurance expansion,” said [author Dr. Winston] Liaw, who was a fellow at Washington’s Robert Graham Center when the study was written (Seaman, 11/16).

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