Nearly One-Third of Doctors Not Accepting Medicaid Patients

The video for this lesson contains time sensitive information. Developments in the project discussed in the video which occurred after the release date are not covered in the video or this curriculum. See “Follow-Up Assignments” below for a way of addressing this fact in your lesson plan.

Lesson Title

Nearly One-Third of Doctors Not Accepting Medicaid Patients

Video title, link and release date

Nearly One-Third of Doctors Not Accepting Medicaid Patients, March 21, 2013

Video Length

Two minutes, Forty-seven seconds

Grade Level

High school


  • A recent study found that nearly ⅓ of doctors are refusing to accept new Medicaid patients.
  • This refusal is the result of poor government reimbursement rates for doctors who take on patients on Medicaid.

  • To remedy the problem, the US government is planning on providing nearly 10 billion dollars to increase the pay for these primary care doctors.

  • Many health care experts think this is merely a short-term solution; in order to fix the problem for good, there needs to be higher pay for specialists as well as primary care doctors.

Review Questions:

1. How do the rates of refusal of private insurers differ from those of Medicare providers?

2. What recent piece of legislation has fueled these efforts?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.