Will Dem’s And AMA Suceed In Cutting $247B Off Medicare?

By Robert Fredricks Posted in Health Insurance News



What Is The “Doctor Fix”?

In 1997 a new Medicare bill was passed that mandated a 20 percent reduction in reimbursements for doctors who participated in Medicare over the next ten years. Democratic Senate leaders are trying to pass a $247 billion dollar “fix” to prevent this from happening. The heated debate is over where the proposed $247 billion would come from and ultimately what would happen after the ten years were up. With the raging debate of health care rippling through the country, everyone is wondering what will come of this “doctor fix”.

What It Means For Americans On Medicare

By reducing the amount in fees doctors would receive for services, the number of physicians participating in Medicare will be greatly reduced. Another unpleasant side affect would be the reduction in ancillary services like, physical and occupational therapy, diagnostic testing, and other services. The American Medical Association views this as catastrophic even though that must be fixed in order to avoid the collapse of Medicare. If this bill is not passed then Americans on Medicare could face a serious reduction in services as well as the availability of physicians participating in the Medicare program. Eventually, only the community-run health clinics and hospitals that receive federal funding would be participating in the program ultimately financially crippling those in need medically.

Why The Change Could Be A Good Thing

The flip side to this debate is the desperate need for health care reform in America. The ten year plan would only be a band-aid to a tragically large wound in the health care system. There needs to be a more permanent fix than just the temporary one purposed by Democrats in the Senate. It will be a difficult task for Republicans and Democrats to find a common ground for health care reform in America. With a declining economy and the loss of jobs more than 7,000 people lose their health insurance every week. When a visit to the doctors office can cost an excess of $100, paying out-of-pocket is not feasible. Neither is purchasing private insurance without a job.

What Needs To Be Done

There needs to be a serious bi-partisan discussion with valid ideas on how to go about changing the way America does health care. When this discussion takes place, only then can a permanent or long-term solution to the Medicare crisis be found.

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One Response to “Will Dem’s And AMA Suceed In Cutting $247B Off Medicare?”

  1. Linda says:

    Will doctors and government be able to cut medicare costs? YEAH, IF THEY JUST KILL OFF PEOPLE LIKE ME OR JUST LET ME DIE FROM NEGLECT.

    LOOK PEOPLE, ALL OF US WHO GO ON MEDICARE, PAID INTO IT ALL OUR LIVES.. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WE PAY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY, AND THEN PAY FOR MEDICARE OUT OF THAT.

    SO TELL ME THIS. YOU CUT OFF MY MEDICARE, YOU CAN DAMNED WELL GIVE ME BACK EVERYTHIGN I PUT INTO IT. I’LL PAY FOR MY OWNED DAMNED CARE OUT OF MY POCKET. IF I GET TOO ILL, NO PROBLEM THE GOVERNMENT WILL PUT ME OUT OF MY MISERY ANYWAY.

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