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[IWS] NCHS: HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND ADVERSE EXPERIENCE WITH PHYSICIAN AVAILABILITY: UNITED STATES, 2012 [17 December 2013]
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National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
DATA BRIEF, No. 138
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND ADVERSE EXPERIENCE WITH PHYSICIAN AVAILABILITY: UNITED STATES, 2012 [17 December 2013]
by Renee M. Gindi, Ph.D.; Whitney K. Kirzinger, M.P.H.; and Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D.
[full-text, 8 pages]
Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012
· In the 12 months prior to interview, 2.4% of people in the U.S. had problems finding a general doctor, 2.1% had been told that a doctor would not accept them as new patients, and 2.9% had been told that a doctor did not accept their health care coverage.
· People under age 65 who had public coverage only were more likely than those with private insurance to have these three types of adverse experiences with physician availability.
· Adults aged 18–64 who were uninsured were more likely than privately insured adults to have trouble finding a general doctor or be told that a doctor would not accept them as new patients.
· Adults aged 65 and over with Medicare only were as likely as those with both Medicare and private insurance to have these experiences with physician availability.
Rates of private insurance and public coverage have been increasing (1,2). As coverage and utilization increase, a growing concern is the availability of health care providers to meet patient needs (3). Almost 90% of general physicians accept new patients with private insurance, but less than 75% accept new patients with public coverage (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid), and the proportion of specialists accepting new patients with Medicare or Medicaid is declining (4). While most studies approach access from a provider perspective, this report examines the percentage of people who had each of three adverse experiences with physician availability in the past 12 months. Estimates were produced by age group and health insurance status using data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
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