Doctors accepting Medicare: Slim pickings

Finding a doctor that accepts Medicare is getting increasingly difficult – a situation that will only worsen:

“One of the main culprits is the ‘overpromise/underfund’ dilemma of offering public health-care programs such as Medicaid (for the poor and disabled) and Medicare (for people 65 and over) without sufficient funding, then standing back as demand skyrockets.”

As with most things in life, it gets down to dollars. Operating a physician practice is like any business that follows the economic rules of supply and demand, costs and revenues. Sometimes customers don’t like the outcomes, but if you’re a business trying to survive, there may be no alternative.

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