Health Care Reform

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. physicians ask Congress to fix Medicare

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma physicians are asking Congress to fix the national payment formula for Medicare that they say threatens care for senior citizens and the disabled.

Doctors have joined with physicians in other states to start a petition drive urging Congress to act. Officials hope to gather at least one million signatures by mid-May.

Oklahoma State Medical Association president Dr. K.A. Mehta said Wednesday that declining physician payments are forcing doctors to limit the number of Medicare patients they can accept.

Mehta says that means less access to health care for the patients.

Oklahoma County Medical Association president Dr. Larry Bookman says doctors want Congress to adopt a reimbursement system that reflects the true cost of providing care.

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