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Do Physicians Have a Professional Obligation to see Medicaid Patients?

Posted by Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH March 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Recently, a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published by the Center for Health System Change finds that “Medicaid enrollment expansion under health reform is likely to greatly outpace growth in the number of primary care physicians (PCPs) willing to treat these new patients.” How should the medical profession respond? Do physicians have a professional obligation to see Medicaid patients?

One Response to “Do Physicians Have a Professional Obligation to see Medicaid Patients?”

  1. mel says:

    Medicaid is a public program. To the extent that the entire public supports the effort, members of the medical profession have a genuine responsibility to be part of that effort. However, primary care in particular and the rest of the medical provider community cannot carry the burden alone. In many states the significant underfunding of medicaid places an unmanagable burden on the medical community. Yes, we have an obligation to respond to patients in need. However, we cannot carry the burden alone!

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