THE COST TO KICK THE CAN VERSUS ENACTING LASTING POLICY
This year, Congress has a chance to solve a problem that’s plagued America’s seniors and physicians for a decade. Reforming the Medicare physician payment system starts with permanently repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). In the past 10 years, Congress has spent $146 billion in short term patches. This is like only making the minimum payment on a credit card — over time the payoff amount becomes out of reach.
Every Patient Counts advocates for a long term solution that would save our country billions over the next 10 years. However, the outcome of a permanent solution means much more than a dollar amount. It means seniors will obtain better access to quality health care. It means physicians will stay engaged in the Medicare program. And it means America will have a foundation for a healthy Medicare future.