Obama administration plans to test doctor access


Massachusetts is one of nine states in which the Obama administration plans to test  access to primary care physicians by having mystery shoppers call to ask if the office  is accepting new patients. In each state, 465 doctors will be called at least twice, once from a patient supposedly with private insurance and once from one with Medicaid coverage, reports Robert Pear of the New York Times. Health officials are concerned about doctor access as more than 30 million people are expected to be newly enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passed last year. A recent study by the Massachusetts Medical Society found that fewer than half of doctors here were accepting new patients and those that were required long waits for an appointment.

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