medicare questions

A collection of frequently asked questions about Medicare – answered by the editors of™ and guest experts on Medicare issues.

Will all doctors accept my Medicare card?

No. In fact, many doctors do not accept Medicare patients. Certain doctors accept Medicare patients but have a cutoff point past which they won’t accept new Medicare patients. It is important to find out what doctors in your community accept Medicare when you become eligible or when you move to a new residence.

There is no accurate estimate as to how many doctors do accept Medicare, but it is known that some specialists are opting out of Medicare. Providers cite the burden of excessive paperwork and complain that the reimbursement they receive from Medicare is inadequate.

Review the list of those doctors who do participate in the Medicare program in the Physician and Other Healthcare Professional Directory section of the web site.



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