Who Will Treat Medicaid and Uninsured Patients? Retired Providers Can Help

7 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2011 Last revised: 22 Sep 2011

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Who Will Treat Medicaid and Uninsured Patients? Retired Providers Can Help (March 1, 2011). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2011; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2011-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780428

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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