More Michigan Doctors Report Full Practices, Survey Finds
About 62% of Michigan doctors say that their practices were full or nearly full in 2008, up from 42% of physicians in 2005, according to a survey released on Monday by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the AP/Detroit News reports (AP/Detroit News, 5/5). The annual survey, which includes responses from 4,546 licensed Michigan physicians, was conducted by policy research firm Public Sector Consultants.
The survey found that 85% of physicians said they were currently accepting Medicaid beneficiaries, down from 87% in 2007. In addition, 47% of physicians said they plan to practice medicine in the state for an additional one to 10 years, compared with 41% in 2007. According to the survey, 34% of active physicians in the state practice primary care, specializing in internal medicine, family practice, general medicine or pediatrics (Anstett, Detroit Free Press, 5/4).