Beginning in January, the Affordable Care Act is expected to open the door to 300,000 low-income New Jerseyans to get health coverage through Medicaid, but a recent survey found the majority of Garden State doctors won’t be willing to treat them.
Fifty-four percent of primary care doctors and 56.5 percent of specialists in New Jersey said they did not plan to accept any new Medicaid patients in the coming year more than any other state, according to a July report in the monthly publication Health Affairs.
The report based on a survey of 8,158 physicians in 2011 and 2012 said “access to office-based physicians is important in helping Medicaid patients avoid relying on” costly hospital emergency rooms for their care.
Medical groups say there’s no mystery behind New Jersey doctors’ lack of interest: The state’s meager reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the country.
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