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McCrory’s Reasons for Privatizing Medicaid

April 10, 2013

From Adam Searing at The Progressive Pulse:

McCrory’s #4 claim why NC should privatize: “[NC Medicaid Community Care] makes it difficult for doctors and other healthcare providers to participate because of a complex system with uncertainty, high costs and burdensome paperwork”

According to a recent study in the respected national journal Health Affairs, 76.4% of physicians in NC actively accept new Medicaid patients compared to a national average of 69.4%. In Florida, where schemes to shift people on Medicaid into private managed care companies have been operating for years, the rate of physician acceptance of Medicaid is only 59.1%. The vast majority of physicians in North Carolina are actively accepting new Medicaid patients…

One other fact. NC Medicaid has the lowest spending growth in the nation. We should be proud of our award-winning program and not planning to sell it off to private managed care companies.

It’s not really fair to attribute this or anything to McCrory, Art Pope‘s stooge.

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