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AMA: Physicians Outraged at Today's Steep Medicare Cut
Date:3/1/2010

Ob-Gyn, Baton Rouge, LA

"These cuts are forcing me to limit the number of Medicare patients I will see. As a private practitioner, all of my expenses are going up including the rent, utilities, malpractice, employee salaries, etc. I want to continue to provide good care to my patients, but if I have to increase the number of patients I see, work longer hours, get less sleep, reduce time with my family, reduce my required medical supplies, etc., continuing to take Medicare will only make it impossible for me to do so in these tough economic times. I will not be the only physician making this tough decision. In reality these cuts will reduce the quality of care to the elderly and increase healthcare costs as the access to preventive care decreases, thus increasing the emergency room visits, intensive care visits, emergency surgical operations and poor medical outcomes. These cuts are a slap in the face to the elderly whom have worked hard and paid into the system that is now turning its back on them when they need it most.

Urology, Cadillac, MI

"I am not sure which is more disruptive; the constant uncertainty each year regarding the SGR, t
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