Karin Rhodes, USA Today, Primary Care Capacity
A lengthy USA Today article about the adequacy of U.S. primary care services in the wake of the Affordable Care Act's insurance expansion quotes LDI Senior Fellow Karin Rhodes.
Rhodes and LDI Senior Fellow Dan Polsky led a new study that placed 13,000 appointment-seeking phone calls to 8,000 primary care practices in ten states. It found that 85% of the callers posing as patients with private insurance were scheduled for appointments but 42% of those who said they had Medicaid weren't offered appointments.
Rhodes told USA Today that people around the country will face varied experiences because the supply of doctors is uneven and the number of newly insured also varies dramatically.
Rhodes, MD, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine's Division of Health Policy Research in the Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Polsky, PhD, MPP, the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), is a Professor of Health Care Management at Penn's Wharton School and a Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.