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Even With Health Care Reform, It’s Hard to Find a Doctor

Posted by Jeremy Cavness on August 8, 2016

Even With Health Care Reform, It’s Hard to Find a Doctor | Jeremy Cavness | Employer Healthcare Strategies blog by CareATC, Inc.The ACA has helped lots of previously uninsured Americans gain health coverage. But one of the side effects is that it's harder for everyone to get an appointment with a doctor.

The University of Wisconsin used "Secret Shoppers" to try to get appointments with 700 doctors on Blue Cross and Blue Shield directories.

In 70% of cases, no appointment was available. Of the 30% of appointments that were able to be made, waits were sometimes shockingly long, even for urgent conditions.

Deeper problems hounded the directories. 10% of doctors listed were not actually part of the network indicated. 20% of numbers were incorrect or disconnected. Another 10% were not accepting new patients even though the network indicated otherwise. These fundamental problems were found in networks all around the country.

Read full article at The Sacramento Bee.

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