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When a doctor doesn’t take Medicare
Times-Standard

What does it mean when a doctor tells you he or she has “opted out” of Medicare?

An opt-out doctor is one who doesn’t accept Medicare. Doctors who have opted out of Medicare can charge their Medicare patients whatever fees the physicians choose. These doctors don’t submit any health care claims to Medicare. In addition, opt-out doctors aren’t subject to Medicare laws that limit the amount they can charge their patients.

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