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What if I want to see a doctor who doesn't accept Medicare?

Not all doctors will accept Medicare’s payment for services. Those doctors who "opt out" can charge you whatever they want for their services, although only if you sign a contract with them in which the medical office spells out those conditions before services are provided. When deciding whether to see a doctor who opts out of Medicare, bear in mind that Medicare won’t pay for any portion of the bill you get from that doctor.

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