Over five years ago the then Governor of Massachusetts, Gov. Mitt Romney, passed the universal health care law. This year, 2011, the Massachusetts Medical Society created a report of the critical statics of health care in this state.
“Massachusetts has made great strides in securing insurance coverage for its citizens” says Dr. Alice Coombs, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. “But insurance coverage does not equal access to care” she continued. In fact, recent statistics from the American College of Emergency Physicians show that more than 80 percent of ER doctors said emergency room visits were increasing in their departments; most reporting “significant” rises.
Here are some interesting finds from this 2011 report since the Massachusetts universal state health insurance law was passed in 2006 (836 primary care and specially doctors in Massachusetts were asked to provide their findings to this report).
|48 DAYS: Average for an appointment for internal medicine||Only 53% of internist accept MassHealth||More than HALF of primary care practices are closed to new patients|
|87% of family physicians accept accept MEDICARE||97% of ER physicians reported treating patients on a daily basis who were referred to them by primary care doctors (shattering the presumption that ER visits are for people without health care coverage).||24 DAYS: average wait time for pediatricians|
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