Advertisement

Texas News

News > News > Texas News > Texas doctors opting out of Medicare at alarming rate

Texas doctors opting out of Medicare at alarming rate

Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.

Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.

“This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7009807.html
As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former...
An explosion and fire struck a refinery in Southeast Texas, home to the biggest concentration of petrochemical...
Texas lawmakers have rebuked a state agency for botching millions of dollars in contracts. The Austin American-...
Prosecutors say a former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for...
A man has been found guilty in a 2016 child abuse case in San Antonio in which two young children were found in a...