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Stimulus includes help for doctors

AP/Yahoo News, January 15, 2009

Five years after President Bush announced plans for Americans' health records to go digital, only one in five doctors has converted from paper to electronic record keeping. But when Barack Obama takes over the White House, this could change. During his campaign for president, Obama promised a $50 billion investment to store patient records electronically and his economic stimulus package is expected to contain two years worth of funding. The money would be distributed to hospitals and doctors through grants and through higher reimbursement rates when serving Medicare patients. And for doctors who do not make the switch, Obama will propose lowering reimbursements from government-subsidized healthcare programs.