January 4th, 2010

A Mayo Clinic Outpost Won’t Take Medicare

By Kelley Luckstein

About 3,000 Medicare patients who’ve been getting care at a Mayo Clinic facility in Arizona will have to pay out of their own pocket or find another doctor.

 

Starting in 2010 (i.e., next week), the five primary care docs at a Mayo outpost in Glendale, Ariz. will stop accepting Medicare. Patients in the program who choose to stick around will be on the hook for about $1,500 per year, Mayo spokesman Michael Yardley told the Health Blog. The clinic expects that most of the patients will find another place to get their primary care.

 

“We know it’s been incredibly difficult for our patients,” Yardley said.

 

Wall Street Journal, by Jacob Goldstein, 12/31/09

Tags: Health Policy, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Medicare

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