Doctor talking to mother and child The share of physicians accepting new Medicare patients is similar to the share accepting new patients with private insurance across a range of specialties.

Contrary to popular (albeit anecdotal) belief, the “vast majority” of non-pediatric, office-based physicians accept new patients — including those with Medicare and private insurance.

That’s according to a new analysis by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation. In fact, 89% of physicians accepted new Medicare patients in 2019, and 91% accepted new private insurance patients. Among primary care physicians, the rates are lower yet still comparable for new patients with Medicare (83%) and private insurance (86%).

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