AAPS member and director, Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, M.D. was featured in a spot on the NBC news yesterday talking about her decision to opt-out of Medicare. The 21% cut in Medicare reimbursement that again went in to effect on June 1 is leading a growing number of physicians to consider this option.
However most doctors who opt out say it is not because of the money, Dr. Madrigal’s fees are less than the price of a haircut and she sees patients over 90 and cancer patients for free. She once again has the freedom to see her senior patients without the Medicare bureaucracy looming over her shoulder. Her patients are happier and so is she.