The President of the American Medical Association (AMA) spoke recently about the definitive Medicare payment rule that came out. He said that about a month is left before the payments of physicians who deliver Medicare will be cut by a wide margin. About 24% of the payment package will be deducted. This, he said, is due to the mismanagement of the government. In particular he blamed the SGR. Congress is to repeal the SGR.
There is unanimity of opinion that the decrepit Medicare payment plan has had its day and ought to be jettisoned. And it’s about time this step was taken. The future generation of geriatrics requires advances in medical technology that are only possible if Medicare remains relevant and valid. However, with their payments being cut so drastically, physicians will have little motivation to improve the welfare of their patients.
It is by repealing the SGR that Medicare will burgeon and become the ideal medical service it was originally meant to be. The American Medical Association has a 165 year history during which it has provided dedicated healthcare to the people of America. Its word carries weight in the voices of the nation. It is hopeful that its opinion will be honored in the final decision that is taken regarding the future of Medicare.
Meanwhile, in Maine, Medicare will remain pretty much the same. However, some old people are reminded to stay away from any dubious claims by hucksters who peddle scams in the guise of medical insurance. They have been told to rely on the tried and trusted services of Medicare only.