That doctor is not alone, however. An increasing number of doctors are opting out of the Medicare system, including many of the specialists, internists, and integrative physicians who handle thyroid, hormonal, fatigue, and immune system problems. In fact, many of these doctors don't accept Medicare, and also do not participate in any private insurance programs at all. Their patients need to pay out of pocket, up front, and file themselves to get whatever reimbursement is available under their coverage.
Why are more doctors opting out of Medicare and insurance programs? There are a number of reasons.
As for doctors who will accept your insurance, most insurers will provide you with a directory of participating physicians, and may even assist you in getting an appointment or signing up as a new patient.
By Mary Shomon, About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease
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