A study calculated that private insurance payments ranged from 2 to 7 times Medicare payments, on average, across six common services provided by anesthesiologists in 33 states. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Anesthesiologists, an in-demand medical specialty, see relatively high payments from private insurers, a new GAO study finds.

The study said that private insurance payments for anesthesia services on average were more than 3.5 times those of Medicare payments. The study was an update on and earlier study, and the GAO found that payments had increased slightly since 2004, when payments for anesthesia services were about 3 times those of Medicare.

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