Options may be opening up for Medicare patients, with more doctors now accepting new patients covered by the federal healthcare program than by private insurance plans.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The number of doctors taking new Medicare patients rose dramatically between 2007 and 2011, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services.
More doctors now accept new patients on the federal insurance program than new patients form private insurance plans.
About 925,000 doctors billed Medicare in 2007, but by 2011 that number rose to 1.25 million, a 33% increase, according to USA Today.
For an active aging population, the benefits of knee surgery trump costs
As America's baby boom generation ages, more adults want to remain active and working but are hindered by joint problems. Researchers determined that the social and economic benefits of knee replacement surgery far outweigh the costs, according to a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
A typical surgery, plus rehab, has a price tag of $20,704, but patients are subsequently healthier. The study authors calculated that indirect savings after surgery are $39,697, and the lifetime net benefit is between $10,000 and $30,000 depending on the patient.
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