Access to Physicians’ Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

ASPE: 8/22/13

Key Findings:

–          According to federal survey data, the percentage of all office-based physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients has not changed significantly between 2005 and 2012, with 87.9% of physicians accepting new Medicare patients in 2005 and 90.7% in 2012.

–          The percentage of physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients is similar to, and in recent years slightly higher than, the percentage accepting new privately insured patients.

–          Medicare beneficiary access to care is high and has remained stable over the past five years. Read more