Home » NEWS » Health » Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

medicalACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi State University researchers say fewer than half of Mississippi’s primary care doctors are taking new Medicare patients.

The state has fewer primary care doctors per capita than any other state to begin with.

Social science professor Ronald Cossman says researchers posing as new patients called doctors’ offices, reaching 580 of the 678 individual and group practice offices in Mississippi.

He says only 47 percent of those identified as core primary care doctors agreed to take new patients insured by Medicaid, while 75 percent agreed to take new patients with private insurance.

Cossman tells The Clarion-Ledger that he expected a difference, but not one that big.

His study was published last month in the Southern Medical Journal, published by the Southern Medical Association.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

One comment

  1. Is it Medicare or “Medicaid” as referenced in’ paragraph 4?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*