Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The American College of Surgeons supports HR 3200
Why is Dr. Thomas Russell coming out in support of the 1000 page health care reform behemoth? Has he read it? Is the ACS just trying to upstage the AMA?
It's very simple, actually. Medicare is due to cut physician reimbursement fees next year by 21.5%. This bill averts that. Furthermore, as most general surgeons will attest, any reform package that increases the number of paying customers (i.e. reduces the uninsured) is a win-win situation. You do enough appendectomies and perfed colons at 3 in the morning on self pay patients (that you'll never see a dime out of) and those piddly remunerations from medicare/medicaid start to seem like Publisher's Clearing House jackpots, giant fake check included....