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Finding a New Doctor Becoming More Difficult for Medicare Recipients Says MedicareSupplementPlans.com
Date:5/26/2009

The American College of Physicians estimates the number of internists will decline by 2025, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission indicates finding a new primary physician became more difficult for seniors—meaning that Medicare recipients should consider shopping early for the best doctor.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) May 26, 2009 -- According to MedicareSupplementPlans.com: For some Medicare recipients, the search for a new primary care physician has become more difficult, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Compounding this trend is an estimate from the American College of Physicians (ACP) that there won’t be enough internists to go around by 2025. The ACP also indicates that current internists are becoming less willing to accept new Medicare patients.

According to Alan Weinstock, an insurance agent at MedicareSupplementPlans.com, many physicians are opting out of Medicare due to low reimbursement rates and too much paperwork. With all these trends converging at once, Weinstock believes Medicare recipients need to shop early to find the best doctor—before they turn 65.

“The impact on seniors of physicians opting out of the Medicare program hasn’t been a serious problem yet,” said Weinstock. “But if large numbers of physicians join the group that is opting out, it may be difficult for seniors to have access to affordable health care.”

This is why it is important for the 40 million Americans who have Medicare insurance to start early in their hunt for a physician who has not opted out of Medicare. It is equally
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