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Health Aff (Millwood). 1998 May-Jun;17(3):169-80.

Access to care: how much difference does Medicaid make?


Using the 1994 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Access to Care Survey, we examine the likelihood of having a usual source of care, inability to obtain needed care, and number of physician visits for persons with private insurance, Medicaid coverage, and no insurance. Inability to obtain services is surprisingly consistent: For each service, Medicaid enrollees were about half as likely as uninsured persons and about twice as likely as privately insured persons were to report difficulty. For other access measures, access for those on Medicaid more closely resembles that of the privately insured than that of the uninsured.

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