A hospital representative commented that, “President Barack Obama’s recommended Medicare and Medicaid cuts issued today to the congressional deficit reduction super-committee will reduce beneficiaries’ access to care and eliminate at least 200,000 jobs over the coming decade,” as reported in ModernHealthcare.com’s recently published article, titled, “Proposed Cuts Seen as Threat to Care, Jobs.”
The American Medical Association recently praised President Obama for using baseline projections that assume legislative action to overhaul Medicare physician payment rates, but Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, had expressed his opinion, which opposes that of the AMA’s.
“Further funding cuts would mean decreased access to care for our nation’s seniors and could overload emergency rooms, shut down trauma units and reduce patient access to the latest treatments,” said Umbdenstock.
And it seems Umbdenstock is not the only person concerned with this topic that will ultimately impact both outsourced physician services and patient care.
“Obama’s proposed cuts to graduate medical education also will cost “tens of thousands” of jobs, as well as exacerbate the national physician shortage,” commented Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, in a news statement.
“The dramatic cuts to graduate medical education (GME) as proposed in the president’s plan would reduce the ability of teaching hospitals and physicians to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. “AAMC-member teaching hospitals represent six percent of hospitals, yet provide 21 percent of Medicare and 28 percent of Medicaid care.”