Doctors welcome more Medicare patients | On Call

August 23, 2013 by Sony Salzman

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.

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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.

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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.

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