In addition to oncology-specific cuts, there will be a 21% payment cut for all physicians’ services starting in March 2010 if Congress does not act quickly to stop it.
“Absorbing more payment cuts is not sustainable, especially as the cost of treating cancer continues to rise,” commented Dr. Patrick J. Cobb. “Everyone concerned about the future of cancer care in this country should sign this petition. That includes members of the cancer care delivery team, cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors. We must convince our elected leaders of the urgent need to stop cuts to cancer clinics.”
Community cancer clinics, which treat 84% of all U.S. cancer patients, cannot continue to operate when their costs are greater than revenues. In response to these cuts, some clinics have already closed; others have been forced to reduce staff and send patients elsewhere for treatment.
“Virtually every medical specialty is weighing in on health care reform and the increasing number of obstacles providers face in delivering care,” said Ted Okon, executive director of COA. “Given that the U.S. has the best cancer care system in the world, we should be building on our success in increasing the survival for Americans battling cancer.”
About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
COA is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community oncology. COA was founded by community oncology to advocate for patients and providers in the community oncology setting, where 84 percent of Americans with cancer are treated. In only six years of existence, COA has mobilized community oncology to become more politically active, and increased awareness on Capitol Hill about the community cancer care delivery system. Additionally, COA has brought together community oncology practices from across the country to share information in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the c
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