Cut the SGR
I am writing because my husband is going into the hospital on April 29 to have lumbar-fusion surgery (“House approves COBRA, SGR measure,” Daily Dose, March 18). Needless to say this is minor to some people’s concerns but it is nonetheless a very deep concern. The main reason is because his surgeon was very conservative in the process, having my husband do everything he could to avoid this major surgery.
Because of the doctor’s concern and caring, and time involved in the process, he (the physician) will ultimately pay the price as with these Medicare cuts. Had he been aggressive, wanted to put the money in his pockets, jump right into the surgery, rather than caring for the patient, trying to avoid surgery, he would have been paid at today’s rates.
This is just one tiny example of what can happen with Medicare cuts not being permanently repealed.