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Medicare to Pay Doctors $20 Bonuses for Longer Office Visits

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled, will pay primary-care doctors $20 on average for each patient monthly to extend office visits and promote preventative care under a plan announced today.

The plan is similar to programs already offered by Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and the North American division of Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin. Medicare officials announced the plan in a conference call with reporters.

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