Less than 1% of physicians have formally opted out of Medicare

And more than 40% of them are psychiatrists. Seriously. Some more data:

  • Only 4% of Medicare beneficiaries do not have a usual source of care
  • 88% of Medicare beneficiaries could usually or always get an appointment for routine care as soon as they needed
  • 92% of Medicare beneficiaries could usually or always get an appointment with a specialist as soon as they needed
  • Of the only 7% of Medicare beneficiaries who sought a new primary care physician, five of the seven percent had no problem doing so
  • Of the 14% of Medicare beneficiaries who sought a new specialist, twelve of the fourteen percent had no problem doing so
  • Half as many Medicare beneficiaries reported not getting care or delaying care than privately insured individuals 50-64.

But you know, any day now all the docs are going to quit Medicare. Any day now…

@aaronecarroll

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