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Health Aff (Millwood). 1993 Fall;12(3):170-6.

Physician incomes under an all-payer fee schedule.

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  • 1Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC), Washington.


This DataWatch estimates physicians' net incomes under various scenarios for universal adoption of the Medicare fee schedule. American Medical Association (AMA) data on physicians' gross incomes by payer are adjusted for differences in fees across Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers. Net income (gross income net of practice costs) is shown under several alternatives. Average net incomes would range from roughly $100,000 to $200,000, depending on specialty and the particular assumptions used. General practitioners' incomes would typically rise, and income differences across specialties would be narrowed significantly. The Medicare fee schedule, as intended, would increase incomes of primary care physicians relative to specialists.

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