Prepare for longer wait times for doctors under new health care law



Massachusetts has achieved success in covering over 98% of its residents with health insurance, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easy to see a doctor. According to a 2013 survey by the Massachusetts Medical Society, about half of primary care practices are closed to new patients, and since most insurance policies require you to see a primary care physician to get a referral for specialized care, the wait times can be long. The longest wait time was 106 days; however the average for the state was 39 days. Encouraging more doctors to enter primary care — and to practice in rural areas— has to go hand-in-hand with the new universal health law, or we will continue to see longer wait times

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