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Medicare Cuts Threaten 766K Healthcare Jobs, Groups Say

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2012

As many as 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 with the 2% sequester of Medicare spending that goes into effect Jan. 1, the nation's leading healthcare professional associations said in a joint warning on Wednesday.

The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Association issued a report Wednesday morning detailing the state-by-state impact of the sequestration as part of their coordinated effort to urge Congress to fix the problem. 

"The 2% cut would have such a profound impact on jobs in the healthcare sector," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, told HealthLeaders Media. "It has a tremendous economic impact and a tremendous patient care impact. The AMA, the AHA and the ANA coming together to express our deep concern indicates that this is a high priority for us."

Lazarus says the AMA and scores of professional medical associations and societies are already battling with Congress to stave off the looming 27% Medicare physician payment cut, which also takes effect on Jan. 1 under the sustainable growth rate funding formula.

 

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5 comments on "Medicare Cuts Threaten 766K Healthcare Jobs, Groups Say"


Joan Benson RN (9/17/2012 at 10:10 PM)
I agree with Judy RN,trying to make money off the ill is sad,and lets not mention the healthcare disparities,duplication of test, and delayed treatments that goes on in some of these hospitals. EVERYONE should have the same quality of care, whether you have one million or one dollar. Hopefully if there are cuts they will start at the enormous top heavy hospital administration, since many have the highest paid salaries and the rest could be used for providing quality patient care!

Stephanie Newell (9/17/2012 at 1:46 AM)
According to this article, in summation, healthcare access will be significantly diminished to the masses due to the revenue cuts. Is this not complete opposition of what had been promised? President Obama has promised everyone will be covered by health insurance. That is fabulous. However, if you take away the providers by cutting jobs, then what good has come from making sure everyone has health insurance? This is epitome of robbing from Peter to pay Paul. The icing in the cake is we'll be insured to have no healthcare providers .

Todd Madden (9/16/2012 at 10:21 AM)
So by Steinberg's logic we should raise taxes as much as possible so that everyone has a job. Lets shoot for 0% unemployment. Good luck with that. Also, should we just pursue another failing "Buy America" campaign? I mean if a GE MRI is made in Florence, SC and used in a Sacramento, CA hospital, that is ok but a product sourced from Mexico, China or India is bad even if it saved significant money? Her argument has about as many holes as swiss cheese.