Monday, June 27, 2011

Survey on Access to Doctors

An interesting article published on NYT this past Sunday discusses a "mystery shopper" survey to be conducted that will study how difficult it is for those who need care to get it when they need it.
The administration says that it will "address a critical public policy problem": the increased shortage of primary care doctors.

The mystery shoppers will call medical practices to see if doctors are accepting new patients and if so, how long the wait would be. The government is eager to know whether doctors will give different answers to callers based on whether the caller says they are covered by public medical insurance (Medicaid) or private (Blue Cross).

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