When primary care refuses to accept Medicare

It’s never a problem, until it affects you.

Baby Boomers are going to be Medicare beneficiaries within the next few years, and some are finding out how difficult it is to find a primary care doctor.

Nationwide, about 30 percent of Medicare patients had difficulty finding a primary care physician during the past year.

As one patient puts it, “I must have made 12 calls before I could nail it down . . . One or two weren’t taking new patients at all, but the vast majority were just not taking Medicare. And they were taking other forms of insurance.”

This demographic needs to continue to speak up. Politicians don’t read my blog, nor do they pay much attention to doctors. The Medicare beneficiaries however, carry weight, and need to clearly communicate the dire repercussions of inadequate primary care access.