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'Doc Fix' NOT What The Doctor Ordered; National Physician Group OPPOSES Pay 'Raise' in House; Failed in Senate, Still a Bad Idea in the House; Payoff to AMA? New Survey Shows Money is Not Primary Concern of Doctors
Date:11/17/2009

IS NOT THE ISSUE FOR DOCTORS

Physician pay isn't even the primary reason that doctors are turning away new Medicare patients and restricting services, according to a new survey conducted by AAPS this summer and fall.

"The 'hassle factor' is a much stronger deterrent," said Serkes, co-author of the survey which polled more than 1,200 physicians.

According the preliminary round of results tabulations, the number one reason for refusing new Medicare patients is Billing and regulatory requirements, which was rated 'extremely important' or 'important' by 95% of respondents

The second reason: 'Hassles and/or threats from Medicare carriers/government' rated 91%.

'Fees too low' was in third place, with only an 81% rating.

"There's no imaginable doc pay-fix that could offset the enormous increase in government interference in the day-to-day-practice of Medicine that would be created if Congress passes current healthcare reform bills that are on the table," said Serkes.

"They can't just throw doctors a bone - a few dollars - and expect them to fall in line for more government red tape and interference. We need reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, not government and bureaucracy."

Read the joint letter of 16 organizations opposing HR 3961: http://www.ntu.org/pdf/L091103_House_Medicare_Reimbursement_HR3961.pdf

NOTE ON SURVEY:

Final results of the longitudinal survey "Physician Attitudes and Practices on Medicare" are expected to be released before the end of the year.

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SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)


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