Physician Willingness and Resources to Serve More Medicaid Patients: Perspectives from Primary Care Physicians

This issue brief attempts to assess how primary care physicians will respond to the entry of 32 million newly insured people into the health care system under health reform. The increase in the number of people with health coverage is expected to intensify competition among patients and payers for primary care resources.

The brief analyzes data from a nationally representative survey of physicians to assess which adult-care primary care physicians are most likely to respond to health reform’s changes by serving additional Medicaid beneficiaries. It also profiles key aspects of their practices, patient care resources, and constraints on their capacity.

Issue Brief (.pdf)