WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.
They will be posing as a patient and calling a doctor's office up to 3 times. Once as a new patient with private insurance. Secondly as a new patient with gov't health insurance - medicaid/medicare. Eleven percent of the doctors will be called a third time by someone identifying themself from US HHS to ask what types of insurance they accept and compare those answers to the ones the "patients" got.
Your thoughts? Is this another power grab and a waste of tax dollars?
Interesting that they hired the National Opinion Research Center from the University of Chicago to do the information gathering.Answer Question
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