Experts: Higher Medicaid copays may lead to deferred care

01/30/2013 | American Medical News (free content)

Some health care experts believe a proposal to allow states to charge Medicaid beneficiaries higher copays for some services may lead the poorest people to delay getting needed care until their health condition becomes dire. The plan would give states a tool to discourage patients from seeking care at emergency departments for nonemergent issues and likely would affect hospital-based physicians more than office-based doctors, consultant Jennifer Kowalski of Avalere Health said.

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