Medicare, the government-run health program for older Americans, paid one doctor $20.8 million in 2012.
Of the 825,000 doctors in Medicare's claims database, 344 took in at least $3 million each, for a total of $1.5 billion.
This data has been kept private since 1979--35 years ago--by a court injunction sought by the American Medical Association that barred release of any details of these expenditures of public money. The injunction was vacated by a federal judge last year.
This data from the Medicare claims database was released today by the federal government, which called this a "historic release of data."
The word I'd use is not historic, but outrageous. The first two facts above come from an Associated Press story by Ricardo Alonso-...