Monday, February 23, 2009

Doctor closed doors to new patient to make statement

The Mercury News of San Jose, California, recently published a piece on Dr. Chris O'Grady. He's a doctor in geriatrics who was over worked and not compensated fairly enough by Congress for his Medicare work. Last year, he went as far as not accepting any new patients to have his point heard.

"Until the patients complain, nothing's going to happen. If nobody on Medicare can get in to see a doctor, the politicians have to respond to that. We're at this uncomfortable point. The patients are kind of stuck in the middle. It's a standoff between doctors and Congress," Dr. O'Grady said.

What do you think? Will this become an increasing problem if Congress continues to slash Medicare rates?

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