The physicians who care for Florida seniors appear to be doing pretty well, too — and not only because there are so many seniors there. Independent doctors in the Sunshine State bring in more money per Medicare enrollee—$3,699 annually—than physicians in any other state. Indeed, of the five US counties with the highest per-enrollee spending from Medicare, all but one is in Florida. Among more than 3,100 counties nationally, Medicare physician payments are highest in Palm Beach County, with an average of $4,622 per member, according to Data USA (based on information from Dartmouth Atlas of Health, which adjusts for race, age, sex, and regional price differences). In 2015, the county was home to 153,766 Medicare enrollees, and not far behind is Sumter County, where residents’ median age is 65.3, making Sumter the nation’s oldest county.
Highest average Medicare physician reimbursement (per enrollee) by county
|1. Palm Beach County, FL||$4,622|
|2. Sumter County, FL||$4,227|
|3. Kings County, NY||$4,171|
|4. Hernando County, FL||$4,102|
|5. Charlotte County, FL||$4,050|
|6. Okeechobee County, FL||$4,031|
|7. Jim Hogg County, TX||$4,022|
|8. Collier County, FL||$3,977|
|9. Marion County,FL||$3,961|
|10. Lee County, FL||$3,956|
Physicians’ landlocked counterparts in Vermont, Montana, and South Dakota, by contrast, receive among the nation’s lowest Medicare per-patient payments. Those in Essex County, Vermont, take in an average of only $893 per Medicare patient—about one-fifth of the payments of some of their Gator Country colleagues.