11 statistics on eye surgeon payments — Medicare, patient costs & third party payers

Here are 11 key points on ophthalmologists from the Medscape Compensation Report 2016.

Will ophthalmologists continue to take new Medicare and Medicaid patients?

● No: 5 percent of self-employed ophthalmologists
● No: 2 percent of employed ophthalmologists
● Yes: 77 percent of self-employed ophthalmologists
● Yes: 87 percent of employed ophthalmologists

Will ophthalmologists drop patients with poor paying insurance?

● Yes: 17 percent
● No, all payers are needed: 27 percent
● No, it's inappropriate: 18 percent

Do ophthalmologists discuss payment with patients?

● Yes, regularly: 37 percent
● Occasionally: 37 percent
● If the patient brings it up: 20 percent
● Never: 6 percent

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