The previously undisclosed information details Medicare payments to 900,000 healthcare providers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
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A fraction of the country’s doctors receives a disproportionate share of the $77 billion in Medicare payments made to physicians in 2012, according to data released Wednesday that provides a glimpse into the way healthcare dollars are spent.
Just 100 doctors were paid $610 million in 2012, according to a report in The New York Times. A separate Wall Street Journal analysis of the data found that 1 percent of doctors accounted for 14 percent of the $77 billion in billings.