25 percent of doctors leave Fla. Medicaid pilot

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 citing the inability to treat
patients as they see fit.

Patients complain they are struggling to get doctor's
appointments and medications under the 2-year-old Medicaid Reform
pilot because of bureaucracy.

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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