For many years, Medi-Cal fees for physician services, on average, have been near the bottom nationally among Medicaid programs, and well below the rates paid by Medicare. This research revisits the issue and looks anew at dental services.
Medi-Cal Physician and Dentist Fees: A Comparison to Other Medicaid Programs and Medicare (1.21 MB)
Medi-Cal fees for physician services, on average, have for many years been near the bottom nationally among Medicaid programs, and well below the rates paid by Medicare. This report by the Urban Institute, funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), compares 2008 Medi-Cal physician fees for selected procedures with fees paid by other states' Medicaid programs and by Medicare. Researchers also examined changes in fees for the same set of procedures from 2003 to 2008, and Medicaid fees for selected dental procedures in 2008.
A related Health Affairs article, "Trends in Medicaid Physician Fees, 2003–2008," written by Urban Institute staff and funded by CHCF and the Kaiser Family Foundation, is available free of charge through the External Link below.
Comparing Physician and Dentist Fees among Medicaid Programs