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QuickStats: Percentage of Office-Based Physicians Accepting New Patients, by Types of Payment Accepted* --- United States, 1999--2000 and 2008--2009†

The figure above shows the percentage of office-based physicians accepting selected types of payment from new patients in the United States, from 1999-2000 and 2008-2009. During 1999-2000 and 2008-2009, approximately 95% of physicians accepted new patients, but acceptance varied by payment source. From 1999-2000 to 2008-2009, office-based physicians accepting private insurance as the source of payment by new patients decreased from 91.5% to 88.4%. Acceptance of Medicare decreased from 85.0% to 81.5%, and acceptance of Medicaid decreased from 73.5% to 64.5%. No statistical difference was noted in the percentage of those accepting self-pay patients.

* Office-based physicians were asked whether they accept new patients, and if so, what types of payment they accept. Denominators for each percentage include all physicians except those whose acceptance of new patients or payment type was unknown.

Estimates are 2-year averages and are based on data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, an annual probability sample survey of visits to nonfederally employed, office-based physicians primarily engaged in direct patient care.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 1999--2000 and 2008--2009, approximately 95% of physicians accepted new patients, but acceptance varied by payment source. From 1999--2000 to 2008--2009, the percentage of office-based physicians accepting private insurance as the source of payment by new patients decreased from 91.5% to 88.4%. Acceptance of Medicare decreased from 85.0% to 81.5%, and acceptance of Medicaid decreased from 73.5% to 64.5%. No statistical difference was noted in the percentage of those accepting self-pay patients.

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, available at http://www.cdc.gov/namcs.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of office-based physicians accepting selected types of payment from new patients in the United States, from 1999-2000 and 2008-2009. During 1999-2000 and 2008-2009, approximately 95% of physicians accepted new patients, but acceptance varied by payment source. From 1999-2000 to 2008-2009, office-based physicians accepting private insurance as the source of payment by new patients decreased from 91.5% to 88.4%. Acceptance of Medicare decreased from 85.0% to 81.5%, and acceptance of Medicaid decreased from 73.5% to 64.5%. No statistical difference was noted in the percentage of those accepting self-pay patients.



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