I recently attempted to locate an MD to provide routine care for an elderly friend who had moved to the Outer Banks. I phoned four physicians in the area and none were accepting new medicare patients. The closest MD I could find for this lady was 1 1/2 hours away! That is a terrible circumstance for seniors.
Let's make SGR repeal happen
The AMA is working toward a better health system for patients, physicians and the nation as a whole.
It's time to repeal the SGR formula and transition to a higher performing Medicare program. We need to foster innovation and remove barriers to physicians delivering the high-quality care that patients deserve.
Our military personnel deserve access to quality health care.
The SGR hurts TRICARE, the health care program for military personnel and their families.
Since 2003, Congress has enacted 17 patches to stop Medicare physician payment cuts, creating uncertainty for patients
Baby Boomers Are Retiring
Jan 1, 1946 through Dec 31, 1964
Did you know? 10,000 new Medicare enrollees enter the system every single day
PHYSICIAN SERVICES FACE AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD
REIMBURSEMENT CUT OF 21% DUE TO A FLAWED PAYMENT
FORMULA, THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE (SGR)
THE GAP BETWEEN MEDICARE PAYMENTS AND PRACTICE COSTS
IS GROWING AND WILL THREATEN PATIENTS’ ACCESS TO CARE
Can we survive the loss of more jobs?
766,000 jobs are projected to be lost by 2021 due to the 2% sequester cuts. How many additional jobs would be lost with a 21% SGR cut?
The health care has long been a mainstay even in times of recession, In 2012 health care accounted for 1 in 5 or 20% of jobs created in the United States.
While many of the top sectors of job loss are healthcare related, many other industries will suffer as well due to the indirect impact this will have on the economy.