Consumers today rely on both physicians and the federal government for health care services. A consumer/patient's visit to a physician is the usual method of access to such services. After examining the patient, the physician will typically send the patient home with a prescription for medication or refer the patient for admission to an appropriate health care provider, such as a hospital. In either instance, the patient incurs medical bills. If the patient is age sixty-five or older, the federal government probably pays for most of those bills through the Medicare program.
Peter M. Mellette,
The Changing Focus of Peer Review under Medicare,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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