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10% of Family Docs Mull Shuttering Over Medicare Cuts

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 29, 2010

Family physicians are the primary source of medical care for 60% of people age 65 and older who report having an individual health professional as their usual source of care. Elderly and disabled Americans in rural and underserved areas, where family physicians often are the only healthcare professionals in town, would be particularly hard-hit, Goertz said.

"We have reached a point where all patients—children, their parents and their grandparents—face the real prospect of losing their doctors," said Goertz. "Medicare—the program designed to ensure that our elderly have access to health care—could force the very doctors who care for them out of business. And if that happens, all patients in that community—regardless of their insurance coverage—would lose access to needed healthcare."

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John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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3 comments on "10% of Family Docs Mull Shuttering Over Medicare Cuts"


bwbrasfield (12/1/2010 at 7:37 PM)
The disappointing thing is that physicians cannot get together to demonstrate our opposition to the cuts... imagine if all physicians struck for even one day to demonstrate, with exception of emergencies... how much attention could we generate???

Dr. Bob (12/1/2010 at 5:15 PM)
another dose of fear mongering... Physicians overwhelmingly rejected single payor (medicare for all) healthcare reform, dismissing it as 'socialized medicine'. And now many of those same physicians are threatening to 'close their offices' if their Medicare ('socialized') reimbursements are cut?? - does anyone else find this ironic? I guess they don't see it as 'socialized' if it ends up in their bank accts...

Mike (11/30/2010 at 4:27 PM)
All of us who have commercial insurance have smaller network panels of providers to choose from. Although it will be difficult, seniors will have to face the same situation. Those who refuse to do so, can pay more out of their pocket for care. The commercial insurance companies will follow Medicare regarding reimbursement in a year or so anyway and then providers will have to accept it.