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Battle looms over funding cuts for MRIs

USA Today, July 17, 2009

A coalition of physicians and companies that make medical imaging equipment is lobbying lawmakers to reverse a proposal in some versions of healthcare legislation that would reduce Medicare payments to doctors offering scans in their offices. President Obama and some Democratic lawmakers say the cuts will curtail overuse of MRIs, CT scans, and other imaging tests. Opponents counter that some physicians could be forced out of the testing business, reducing access for everyone.