Survey: 74% of physicians favor Medicaid work requirements

Though Medicaid work requirements have received mixed public reactions, three quarters of physicians support the policy, according to a new survey from Merritt Hawkins.

The single-question survey was conducted via email in early March and was completed by 667 physicians.

When asked what their position on Medicaid work requirements, 56.6 percent of respondents said they feel very favorably about the policy and 17.8 percent feel somewhat favorably. In comparison, 9.2 percent said they feel very unfavorably about the policy while 8.4 percent feel somewhat unfavorably.

"The survey strongly suggests that the majority of physicians would like to move away from the Medicaid status quo," said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins. "Many physicians have been frustrated for years because Medicaid often pays less than their costs of providing care. Physicians have to limit the number of Medicaid patients they treat for that reason and want to focus on those who need care the most."

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