Publicizing the payment data base is a start. Some medical practices are more complex than others, and the numbers only tell part of the story for each physician on the list.
However, it’s more than a statistical blip when two doctors collect a total of $39 million, more than hundreds of other practitioners in those same specialties added together.
California, which has twice the population of Florida, had only 10 doctors in the top 100 Medicare billers, compared to our stellar 28.
It’s not that Florida has more sick and elderly people than California, because we don’t. We just happen to attract more opportunists.
Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: The Miami Herald, 3511 N.W. 91 Avenue, Doral, Fla. 33172; email: email@example.com.
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