US doctors call for simpler Medicare rules

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:638
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The American Medical Association and doctors groups representing different specialties are seeking relief from burdensome regulations that have resulted in many doctors refusing to accept new patients under Medicare, the healthcare programme for Americans aged over 65.

    The doctors' drive comes at a time when the Bush administration and Congress are reviewing the Health Care Financing Administration and its management of Medicare. An annual audit of Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers showed an error rate of 6.8% in the financial year 2000, representing an estimated $11.9bn (£8bn) …

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