Few did, and the experiment ended on
Significantly more appointments for eligible patients were available during the higher pay period than before, according to a study published online Wednesday in the
"I think it's a big finding. Especially when you look at states that had large changes in the amount they paid providers," said lead author
Another finding seems to defy widespread speculation last year that various aspects of Obamacare would overwhelm the nation's health system with new patients.
Wait times for
Polsky had expected to find longer wait times, especially in states like
"One thing it suggests is that there isn't [excessive] pressure" on doctors, said Polsky, executive director of Penn's
Enticing more physicians to accept
Other researchers estimated two years ago that nearly one-third of physicians nationwide were not accepting any new
In hopes of convincing more doctors to accept
Polsky said he expected that the increase in available doctor appointments his team found would now drop again -- and expressed hope that state officials would find his research compelling enough to consider raising rates.
"I think doctors would take
Far fewer specialists accept
The new study looked only at primary care physicians who already accepted
"I would take them in a hearbeat. I feel terrible about it," said Hornstein, a solo family practioner in
After 25 years, Hornstein loves her work and said she is seeking not to get rich but to get by.
"Over the last couple of years I've only averaged about
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