Will more Medicaid patients stress the system financially?

November 23, 2010- Interviewed by Steven Greer MD

Under the ACA health insurance reform laws, approximately 16 million new Medicaid patients will be added to the system in a few years. Medicaid pays hospitals and doctors much less than Medicare and private insurance. Will increasing the mix of Medicaid increase the financial distress of medical centers?

Benjamin Sommers, MD PhD Internist and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Harvard addresses this question.

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