Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York, chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, speaks out regarding Medicare’s 10.6% cut in physician payments scheduled for July 1, 2008 and their impact on small physician practices and patient access to health care.
In the video below, Chairwoman Velazquez presents her opening remarks to the committee:
CONGRESS CONTINUES TO FIDDLE WHILE PHYSICIANS BURN
Some topics debated are familiar to physicians but are being discussed as if they are new ideas:
How many physicians will be forced to stop taking on new Medicare patients in July?
How many seniors will have to travel great distances, especially in more rural areas, to find a physician willing to accept Medicare?
The Senate is considering a proposal that would postpone the cuts for 18 months but which would do nothing to reduce costs or other burdens on physicians, It looks like this drama will play down to the wire.
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