35 Okla. doctors top $1 million in Medicare pay

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Thirty-five Oklahoma physicians received more than $1 million each during 2012 in payments for treating patients in the Medicare program.

The list includes oncologists, ophthalmologists and other specialists based in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, Enid and Midwest City.

Dr. Saadia Chohan of Oklahoma City told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1oQJktG ) that most are not reaping millions of dollars because they're treating patients with expensive patented drugs. Chohan said a new prostate cancer vaccine costs nearly $100,000 per patient.

Chohan ranked second on the list with $3.4 million in reimbursements. Rheumatologist Dr. Craig Carson of Edmond topped the list with $4.3 million. Carson could not be reached for comment.

Analysis by The Associated Press of the data that was released Wednesday found that 344 doctors nationally each received $3 million or more.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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