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While Medicare is still among the most costly federal services, and U.S. doctors continue to drop out of the program because of paltry fees for some procedures, other specialists are rewarded with such outsized compensation that almost 4,000 physicians were paid $1 million or more for 2012, and about 350 of those accounted for nearly $1.5 billion, according to Medicare records released in April 2014. West Palm Beach ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen took in more than $20 million and treated 645 Medicare patients with a total of 37,000 injectable doses of Lucentis (a much more expensive drug than the popularly regarded equivalent, Avastin), according to Business Insider. Taxpayers could have saved more than $11 million with Avastin on Melgen's billings alone, according to an April Washington Post analysis.

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