Doctors Less Welcoming of Children on Medicaid, GAO Finds

Low-income children relying on Medicaid or other government-funded health care have much more trouble finding a new doctor than children with private insurance, according to a Government Accountability Office report. That difficulty is amplified when it comes to specialty care, particularly mental health, dermatology and neurology. More than three-quarters of 932 doctors surveyed by the GAO reported having difficulty referring children with public insurance for specialty care, citing an overall shortage of specialists, and, in some cases, different waiting lists for children receiving Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits than children with private insurance.

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