SGR Cuts: A Physician’s View

by AAPS member Steven Horvitz, D.O. - http://www.drhorvitz.com

Maybe we need the 26.5% cut in Medicare.

Maybe then docs would wake up out of their politically correct slumber and decide to actually once again devote themselves and their practices to their patients, instead of to political schemes, insurance and hospital collusive bureaucracy. Those docs who do not care can get a job with the hospital or government. Their patients will know who the docs are working for, and it is not always them. Others like me will continue the Osteopathic tradition of providing excellent care in an independent private practice setting where no one stands between me and the patient.

So let the cut occur.

Let docs wake up and decide to get out of the hamster wheel medicine that the insurer/government/hospital triumvirate has concocted. They will once again be happy to go to work and do the right thing for their patients.

So let the cut occur.

It would be nice if our organizations, such as the AOA, ACOFP and many others would once again become advocates for our profession, instead of politically correct lapdogs for the AMA and government schemes. While you may believe that you are advocating for our profession, what you are doing, and I believe it is unintentional, is just pushing us further into a hole that we never be able to dig out of.

So let the cut occur.

Maybe then you will step back and look at the entire forest, not just the dying trees that are Osteopathic principles and practice for which I went through eleven years of study post high school when others were out starting their lives and families. Others built their family tree and put down roots earlier than I did. Yet every time you go to Washington and beg for more money you are poisoning the roots of my tree, of my practice that I studied and worked so hard for and devoted so much time to.

So let the cut occur.

Maybe then our Osteopathic profession can distinguish itself from other health care professionals, and lead the way again towards a healthcare system in which our patients once again have 100% faith and trust that we are looking out for them, and not some evidenced based guidelines written and coerced by the powers that be.

So let the cut occur.

It will not affect me one bit and maybe it will get other docs to create their own system of care just as Dr. Still did way back when. We did it before as a profession and unfortunately our profession lost its way. Maybe the cut will wake enough of us up!

So let the cut occur.

Steven Horvitz, D.O.
http://www.drhorvitz.com