One in five Idaho physicians are not accepting new Medicare patients

April 14, 2017

Key findings from AARP's "The Doctor is Out" survey include:

17% of all Idaho physicians have closed their doors to new Medicare patients, 21% for primary care physicians.21% of doctors are not accepting new patients under Medicaid, 24% of primary care doctors. Rural doctors are less likely to say 'no' to new patients.  The overwhelming majority (77%) of doctors are accepting new patients who have private insurance.Doctors cited reimbursement rates under Medicare and Medicaid as the number one reason they won't take new patients under the programs.   

"AARP is committed to working with both state and federal lawmakers to address Idaho's health care problems such as the lack of physicians and patient access," added Wordelman.