No Laughing Matter for Medicare and TRICARE Patients

Apr 1, 2010
Press Release

21% Reimbursement Cut Takes Effect Today for Physicians

Starting today, physicians providing care to Medicare and TRICARE patients will face a 21% reimbursement cut.  Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) called for a permanent fix to this flawed reimbursement formula. 

"For too long, Washington liberals have ignored the need to permanently fix the physician reimbursement formula; today physicians will feel the impact of their indolence," said Congressman Joe Wilson.  "It may be April Fool's Day, but this is no laughing matter.  I'm afraid physicians facing such extreme cuts will regrettably have to stop serving Medicare and TRICARE patients.   

In addition to repealing the government health care takeover and swapping it with a patient-centered plan, Wilson's Siding With America's Patients (SWAP) Act also includes a fully paid for, permanent fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

Wilson is also a cosponsor of the Ensuring the Future Physician Workforce Act with  Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D (TX-26) to eliminate the SGR. 

"It is high time for Congress to stop playing politics with the reimbursement rate and finally offer physicians and patients a permanent fix and peace of mind," said Congressman Joe Wilson.