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Florida ophthalmologist received almost $21m from Medicare in one year

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2726 (Published 11 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2726
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US government revealed on Wednesday 9 April what Medicare paid to more than 880 000 healthcare providers for outpatient care in 2012. The data include payments for over 6000 services, ranging from brief office visits and laboratory tests to surgery and chemotherapy.

The database shows that one Florida ophthalmologist took in nearly $21m (£12.5m; €15m) from Medicare that year, making him the highest paid doctor listed. Another top earner was also from Florida: a cardiologist who was reimbursed for more than $18m. Ophthalmologists, oncologists, and pathologists were among the highest paid physicians.

An analysis by the Wall Street Journal, which along with other news organizations was given early access to …

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