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Monday, July 11, 2011
Health 411: Medicare Guidance is Here
You're not alone when it comes to having difficulty finding a doctor who will accept Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors. People have long complained that doctors have either dropped out of the program or are no longer accepting new Medicare patients into their practice.
The challenge varies greatly by region and by the type of doctor you're looking for — specialists such as psychiatrists seem to be in short supply in many areas, for example. Many people around the country also report problems finding a primary care doctor. Generally speaking, those living in rural areas have a tougher time finding doctors who'll accept Medicare, while people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, which are administered by private insurance companies, have fewer complaints than those with original Medicare.