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25 percent of doctors leave Fla. Medicaid pilot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - A Medicaid privatization program former Gov. Jeb
Bush touted as a national model for improving patient care while
decreasing government costs is floundering as nearly a quarter of
the participating doctors have quit over payments and the inability
to treat patients as they see fit.

A University of Florida study says the 2-year-old Medicaid
Reform pilot is mired in bureaucracy, with more than half the
affected patients in the two largest participating counties,
Broward and Duval, struggling to get appointments with specialists.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the number of
participating primary care providers in the same two counties has
dropped about 25 percent, and the pilot's largest private provider
has admitted to stealing money from the state in other programs.


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