Surgeons taking the leap; dropping insurance
from General Surgery News
Kevin Petersen, a private-practice surgeon in Las Vegas, grew more frustrated each year. And like many general surgeons, the things that frustrated him about his practice had little to do with performing surgery. He became most frustrated when trying to get reimbursed by Medicare. His office costs soared as he took on staff to deal with the bureaucracy of third-party payers. So, after 22 years of practice, Petersen did what many surgeons dream of—he dropped all insurance from his practice. Today, he operates on a strict cash-only basis, offering general surgery procedures to uninsured or under-insured patients for an all-inclusive, one-time fee.
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