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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Never Back and Animal Into a Corner

With devastating cuts to Medicare looming to take effect March 1st, us doctors are taking our message to everyone.  We will not go down without a fight.  This is a letter I sent to ALL of my Medicare age patients.


2/23/2010
Dear friend,
MEDICARE is under threat!
Unless we take action now, congress will allow MEDICARE to drop reimbursements to all
doctors by 21.6% effective March 1st.  For most of your doctors, that would account for greater
than 20% loss of the practice's total income; income that we use to pay our staff, purchase office
supplies, pay for our equipment, care for you, and support our families and the local economy.
If the US Congress allows the drop to go through on March 1st, many of your doctors, like your
internist, family practitioner, endocrinologist, urologist, dermatologist, and others, simply will no
longer be able to survive and remain in practice.  Those that can weather the storm will be forced
to make drastic cutbacks in services to Medicare beneficiaries or drop out of Medicare altogether.

I implore you to contact your local representative to the US Congress and ask them to prevent
MEDICARE from proceeding with the devastating 21.6% cut to the physician fee schedule.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or would like to know who to contact.
You can email me at rich@drschoor.com.
Or visit www.theindependenturologist.com for links to members of congress.
Do it now!  Our beloved MEDICARE depends on our action.
Sincerely,
Dr Schoor