Medicare's sacred cows


If you've been reading this blog over the past few weeks, you know that I'm pretty fed up with doctors. When it comes to healthcare utilization, doctors are the gatekeepers. Unless they write a prescription, patients don't get a drug, a piece of medical equipment or whatever.

That's why proposed legislation  in the House of Representatives really bugs me. This pay-go legislation would require  Congress to offset spending cuts and and tax decreases--anything that adds to the deficit--with corresponding cuts or revenue increases.

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But guess what? The bill includes four exemptions, including providing higher Medicare payments to physicians, which Congress has typically failed to offset.

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I don't know about you, but I'm tired of treating doctors like sacred cows. They are some of the highest paid professionals in our country and a key reason behind our country's skyrocketing health care costs.

It's time lawmakers started treating them like everybody else.

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Bill Maher's take on the AMA: