Chances are, your doctor gets a portion of his or her compensation from treating Medicare patients. Now the public can ascertain just how much.
The federal government this week released a comprehensive database of individual doctors and how much they got paid from Medicare in 2012. It’s the most detailed release of data in Medicare’s almost 50-year history.
A small fraction of the 880,000 health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the $77 billion paid out to them under the program, according to the New York Times.
A hundred doctors received a total of $610 million in 2012, including a Florida ophthalmologist who was paid $21 million. Most of the expenditures are for routine office visits, but one of the most heavily reimbursed procedures, at $1 billion for 143,000 patients, is for a single treatment for an eye disorder that’s common in the elderly, the Times reported.
If you’d like to find out how much your doctor was paid by Medicare, search our Oregon database below. (Note: You will be redirected to another page. Scroll down to view results.)
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