Trendspotter: Do Doctors Treat Medicare Patients Differently?
December 15, 2010
Many doctors try to help out patients who can’t afford to pay the full amount for an office visit or the copay for a pricey medication. Now along comes a study suggesting that physicians in one Texas community treat patients differently, depending on whether they are on Medicare or have private insurance. The study in Health Affairs re-examines the health cost data from McAllen, Texas.