Physicians are very concerned about an impending 21 percent Medicare pay cut (now due to occur in October) and the “broken” formula that causes it. When any other group asks for legislative largess, physicians are right to ask, “Where will the money come from to pay for this?”
Not long ago one of my Senators sent a message to constituents talking about how he had helped arrange for greater veteran health benefits. Greater veteran health benefits are wonderful, but the Senator didn’t say where the money was coming from. Was it from cuts in another program, was it from new taxes, or was it from increasing our national debt?
As physicians, we should take some leadership. If we want the government to end the plan for the scheduled cut and “fix the broken formula,” we ought to hold ourselves accountable to say where the money should come from. Are we asking for more Medicare taxes to pay for this?