Women's Health Imperiled By Medicare Plan To Limit Reimbursements For Medical Imaging

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Reimbursements For Medical Imaging

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Although "[a]dvances in imaging have enhanced every aspect of women'shealth care," Congress "will soon decide whether to cut $20 billion inMedicare funding" for medical imaging services, on top of $13 billion"that has already been slashed" under the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act,Phyllis Greenberger, president and CEO of the Society for Women's Health Research, writes in a Philadelphia Inquireropinion piece. Greenberger continues that Congress' proposal to limitreimbursements for imaging at non-hospital facilities "will have adisproportionately negative effect on millions of Americans who rely onpublic transportation or live in a rural area," adding that women "withlimited financial resources who already suffer from inadequate healthservices will have to forgo imaging tests because they cannot affordout-of-pocket costs."

Greenberger writes, "Access to moderndiagnostic and imaging tools is an issue of critical importance towomen's health care that goes beyond general prevention efforts." Sheconcludes, "Women have been waiting a long time to receive the rightinformation and the right care in both hospitals and physicians'offices. Now is not the time to make it more difficult for women to getthe care they deserve" (Greenberger, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/11).
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