Ignored by most politicians, David Walker, who heads the Government Accountability Office (GAO), is taking his message on tour. His presentation on the unsustainability of the U.S. economy can be viewed on YouTube. The biggest contributor to the coming fiscal meltdown is the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff asks the question […]
In what has become an annual ritual, Medicare announces a cut in physicians’ fees, and physicians threaten that patients will lose access to care. And this time they really mean it. An average 10.1% fee cut was slated to take effect on Jan 1, 2008. Two-thirds of the doctors in Sarasota County said they would […]
September 13, 2006CONTACT: Kathryn Serkes 202 333 3855 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: kase[email protected] DOCTORS OPPOSE AMA EFFORTS TO HALT MEDICARE PAY CUTS �It�s NOT about the money� PHOENIX, AZ — A national physician association voted today to urge Congress NOT to take any action to stop slashes in physician payment that are scheduled to go […]
WHEREAS: the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons believes in the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship; and WHEREAS: the AAPS Principles of Medical Ethics state that patients should have the freedom to contract with their physician(s) on mutually agreeable terms, and that the value of those professional services should be determined only by mutual agreement […]
In addition, Congress should study the effect of federal laws that tend to weight the scales in favor of one form of payment over another through artificial, government-conferred subsidies and other advantages or government-imposed burdens. Such laws should be repealed.