Cardin Urges Permanent Repeal of SGR
The current way that we reimburse physicians under Medicare is broken. We have had 16 temporary patches to the SGR system that have cost us $153 billion - more than the cost of a permanent fix. It has created uncertainty for the medical community and uncertainty for patients as to whether they think that their doctor will be there to treat them for their illnesses. We have to fix this problem. It expired today, March 31, so we had to take action. But with all the progress made and hard work to find a bipartisan, long-term solution to this problem, it is incredibly disappointing to have yet another 'kick-the-can' moment for SGR.