Will California physicians be able to handle the Medi-Cal population surge? This report looks at physician participation in Medi-Cal and its implications for access to care.
Physician Participation in Medi-Cal: Ready for the Enrollment Boom?, 2014 (2.68 MB)
Physician Participation in Medi-Cal, 2008 (1.12 MB)
Physician Participation in Medi-Cal, 2001 (800 K)
Physician Participation in Medi-Cal, 1996-1998 (402 K)
Recent and projected enrollment increases in Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, due to the Affordable Care Act have heightened concerns about whether sufficient numbers of physicians are participating in Medi-Cal to provide beneficiaries with adequate access to care. Without a large increase in the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) primary care physicians participating in Medi-Cal or another means of increasing efficiency in primary care, such as greater use of nonphysician clinicians or phone and electronic visits, Medi-Cal beneficiaries are likely to have difficulty accessing this basic level of care.
This report by the University of California, San Francisco, presents findings from physician surveys conducted in 2011 and 2013 to assess California physicians' participation in Medi-Cal and discusses implications for beneficiaries' access to care.
Among the study's findings:
The 2014 edition of this report, along with prior studies examining the issue, is available under Document Downloads.
An interactive infographic summarizes the study's main findings.
Monitoring Access: Measures to Ensure Medi-Cal Enrollees Get the Care They Need
California Physicians: Surplus or Scarcity?
California's Health Care Workforce
Primary Care: Proposed Solutions to the Physician Shortage Without Training More Physicians