Upfront

Roughly 40 percent of practicing psychologists do not accept Medicare and 55 percent don’t accept Medicaid, a fact that may make it difficult for many poor or elderly people to receive mental health care. Low reimbursement rates were the No. 1 reason psychologists opted out of these government programs, according to APA’s first nationwide survey of psychologists who provide health services.

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Source: 2008 APA Survey of Psychology Health Service Providers, APA Center for Workforce Studies, March 2010.