New patient appointment availability depends on insurance coverage

Although patients may now have insurance through health insurance exchanges, the coverage doesn't guarantee that physicians will accept it, according to a new study from JAMA New Medicine. The study found that when requesting a new patient appointment, patients with private insurance had an 85 percent success rate for getting appointments, while those claiming to have Medicaid had a 58 percent success rate. Those who didn't have insurance were more likely to get an appointment if they said they were willing to pay cash. Read the full report at FierceHealthPayer

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