- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)4
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
Medicare cuts reduce access
To the editor:
As an osteopathic physician, I am concerned about access to health care for my patients. In 2007, physicians will experience a 5.1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements, with additional cuts projected through 2015. Without congressional intervention these cuts potentially could reach 37 percent over the next nine years, while my practice costs are expected to grow at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent per year.
Physician reimbursements under Medicare are already well behind my actual costs of providing care. These cuts come at a time when millions of baby boomers are becoming eligible for Medicare benefits, placing greater strain on the Medicare program. Additional cuts compound the discrepancy between actual reimbursements and practice costs, forcing physicians to weigh their continued participation in the Medicare program. This will result in reduced access to physician services for millions of Medicare beneficiaries in the future.
I went into medicine to help patients and to improve quality of life, but no business can survive working at a loss over such a prolonged period of time. Medicare beneficiaries should be concerned about their continued access to physicians and specialists. As a patient myself, I am.
Dr. ALEKSANDR SOKOLOVSKY, Murphysboro, Ill.