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Why doctors opt out of Medicare

Posted May 18 2010 7:21am

By Jennifer Mitchell
Editor, Action for Better Healthcare

When you hear about doctors who are deciding to no longer accept Medicare patients, you need to understand why this is happening. Medicare rates vary widely across the U.S. due to the way the program was set up years ago. So essentially a doctor in Florida can be doing the same procedure as a doctor in California and the two will not be reimbursed equal rates for their service, time and expertise.

A couple doctors are now explaining why they chose to drop Medicare. You can listen to the interview with them below. They have decided to still care for the senior population, and are doing so with their own payment model. Let us know what you think about this. Post your comments below.

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