Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Medicare Forces Doctor To Call It Quits

Fox News reports that Dr. Brian Lewis is going out of business.

A Washington area heart specialist who has been putting in about 100 pacemakers and 20 to 30 defibrillators a year for the 10 years he has specialized in cardiology said the federal government has forced him to look for other income. Between the cost of malpractice insurance and the 40 percent reimbursement rate offered by Medicare, Lewis said he cannot afford to remain in private practice.

"If I get paid, it's most likely that I'll get paid at Medicare rates, not the rate that I set, but Medicare rated. And when the patient tries to pay anything additional, that's not allowed, that's illegal," he told Fox News.

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