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Medicare spends nearly $2 billion in South Florida

Dr. Salomon Melgen speaks during an interview at his office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Melgen, who specializes in injections for age-related macular degeneration, was paid $20,827,341 by Medicare in 2012, or 64 times the average in his field, according to data in a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on April 9, 2014.

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, spent the most on office visits in South Florida.

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