According to Eric Schneidewind, President of AARP Michigan and Daniel Michael, President of the Michigan State Medical Society, there’s a built-in problem with Medicare reimbursement, the Sustainable Growth Rate, that will come to a head on January 1.
If Congress fails to act by January 1, 2011, doctors who treat Medicare patients will see their reimbursement cut by 25% and some may have to make the difficult choice to stop treating Medicare patients altogether, leaving seniors without access to the care they need.
Michigan already faces a shortage of physicians in some areas, and this will only get worse if Congress does not act now. Access to care continues to be a serious issue — with long waits for primary care visits, in particular. Freep
Do we really want our seniors to fend for themselves for health care? [Transparency notice: blogger is a senior-in-waiting]