Obstetric care, medicaid, and family physicians: How policy changes affect physicians' attitudes

Thomas S Nesbitt, J. L. Tanji, J. E. Scherger, N. B. Kahn

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Abstract

Recent expansion of Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and increased reimbursement to physicians who provide perinatal services were designed to improve access to care. Family physicians provide a relatively high proportion of care to pregnant women on Medicaid, especially in rural areas. We surveyed all family physicians who provide obstetric services in 26 northern California counties regarding these changes and perceived barriers to providing obstetric care to women on Medicaid. Of surveyed physicians who limited the number of their Medicaid obstetric patients, 58% stated that recent Medicaid policy changes had increased their willingness to accept new Medicaid obstetric patients. Despite these policy changes, administrative issues and poor reimbursement were cited as the two most notable barriers to providing obstetric care to women on Medicaid. Fear of being sued by Medicaid patients is still seen as a barrier by physicians who have recently discontinued practicing obstetrics and by those who continue to care for a large number of Medicaid obstetric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-657
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Volume155
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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