This WRAL article discusses how people newly acquiring health insurance are having trouble finding a doctor. The reason is that there is already a shortage of primary care physicians, and these newly-insured people are finding it difficult to find doctors accepting new patients. According to the article:
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.…..
“Coverage does not equal access,” said (insurance agent Anthony) Halby, who instead recommends his clients choose a plan outside the exchange that has a much broader provider network but also will not come with the government premium subsidies given to most of those who buy insurance through the exchange.