Who Will Treat Medicaid and Uninsured Patients? Retired Providers Can Help
7 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2011 Last revised: 22 Sep 2011
Date Written: March 1, 2011
By many accounts, the three key measures of a health care system are access, quality, and cost. As for access, the focus of policy makers has been almost exclusively on the coverage of individuals under public and private health plans. This simplistic view of access equating with insurance coverage overlooks the importance of such non-financial barriers to health care as the lack of transportation, translation services, child care, convenient hours, accessible facilities, and health literacy, which prevent many individuals from obtaining timely and effective health care.1 Most importantly, focusing solely on health insurance ignores the crucial question of whether there are adequate numbers of physicians and other health care providers who are ready, willing, and able to provide the necessary care. Unfortunately, the current shortage of available providers is likely to increase significantly over the next decade, regardless of the fate of the health reform legislation enacted in 2010.
Keywords: Health reform, patirnt protection and affordable care act, medicaid, uninsured, access to health care, physician shortage, retired physicians, volunteers in medicine, other
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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