Cut the SGR

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters - Vi­vian M. Ma­honey Gatlin­burg, Tenn.

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.

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