A paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research examines reimbursement and access in Medicaid.
Health Affairs research finds that in a large urban area there can be significant shortfalls in primary care access that disproportionately affect minorities.
Using survey data from more than 30,700 Americans, researchers found that 36 percent said their doctor offered weekend and evening hours. And over two years, those patients spent 10 percent less on medical care than people whose doctors stuck with traditional weekday hours – a difference of more than $1,000.
Federally qualified community health centers are a lynchpin to providing accessible health care for lower income Americans. Two recent reports discuss quality and cost issues at these centers and indicate that they are a very good option for care.
Health policy experts anticipate that the wave of new insurance subscribers will lead to a spike in demand for medical services. Nurse practitioners are rolling out a campaign this week to explain what, exactly, nurse practitioners do — and why patients should trust them with their medical needs.