10% of Family Docs Mull Shuttering Over Medicare Cuts
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."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised
- CFO Exchange: Healthcare Leaders Share 5 Innovative Ideas
- Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014
- Large Employers Trimming Healthcare Spending
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations