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Which Medical Specialties Cost Medicare the Most?

On Wednesday, Medicare released data detailing how much it paid physicians for procedures for the first time since a court injunction sealed those records in 1979. The insurance program for the elderly and disabled is the biggest U.S. purchaser of health care, spending $77 billion in 2012.

Published April 9, 2014

2012 Medicare Payments to Individual Providers, by Specialty
Specialty Number of
Providers
Average Medicare Payment Total Medicare Payment ($millions)

Sources: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

GRAPHIC: CHLOE WHITEAKER / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA, DATA COMPILED BY PHIL KUNTZ